Modular Building Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What are the advantages of modular/offsite construction compared with traditional construction methods?

The short answer is many! That’s why we’ve got a whole page dedicated to this question, which you can visit here

What building design input and resources does Algeco Offsite Solutions have available?

We have a full technical team, including CAD design technicians, ready to produce building design proposals. We also have a network of supplementary external consultants and design teams to call on when required.

Can you provide a full turn-key service?

Yes. We can deal with all aspects of the project including local council statutory permissions, all preparatory groundworks as well as the design, manufacture and delivery of the building. We can also act as a main contractor, taking on overall responsibility for a whole project, managed to HSE CDM Regulations, including all health & safety on site.

What are your maximum internal spans without columns?

Our standard products are designed to achieve clear span of up between 8 and 12m, depending on the product used. However, we can offer bespoke solutions to meet specific project requirements.

How many storeys high can your buildings go up to?

Our standard products are designed to provide accommodation up to 4 storeys high. However, we can also offer custom products to achieve taller structures to suit specific project requirements

Can you match buildings to existing external elevations?

Yes, our building systems can be designed to accommodate a full pallet of architectural finishes using a range of external materials.  Some external treatments are more suited to offsite construction than others, by allowing installation of cladding in our factory rather than on-site.  Our experienced engineering teams can provide advice and guidance on suitable cladding systems.

How easily can your buildings be reconfigured internally or extended?

Alterations to the internal layout of your building can be easily accommodated at a later date.  At handover we will provide a comprehensive ‘as-built’ manual, containing all relevant building structure information and health and safety details necessary for managing future alterations.

What is a typical wall construction made of?

We offer a range of products which have different wall constructions to suit specific project requirements in terms of fire, thermal and acoustic performance. Our systems have been independently tested and can achieve fire resistance in excess of 60 minutes.

What is the clear floor to ceiling height of modules?

Subject to product type and specific requirements of the project, we can provide buildings with a structural, clear opening of up to 3.3m high, allowing for a 2.7m suspended ceiling height whilst still maintaining a 0.6m service zone.

What are the ceiling and service void depths?

Voids range between 200-600mm deep, depending on the building design and products used.

How are power, drainage, water, data and IT services managed?

All mechanical, electrical, plumbing and ICT installations can be included in your building specification.  Alternatively, Algeco Offsite Solutions can make provision for cableways to allow your own sub-contractors to install systems as required.

What is the life-expectancy of a building?

Our temporary buildings have been independently assessed and given a life expectancy of up to 25 years. Permanent structures comparable to traditional construction have a design life of 50 or 60 years.

How do you determine access arrangements?

A full site survey is undertaken on every project to determine access and the maximum module sizes that can be used. We use pad foundations as standard, with specifications dependent on the specific site ground conditions.

Is any preparation or other work required by others?

Algeco Offsite Solutions is able to offer a building above ground on foundations prepared by others, or a full turn-key package with Algeco Offsite Solutions acting as main contractor. The choice is yours.

What funding options are available?

Algeco Offsite Solutions finance packages are available for permanent structures, including sale and long-term lease packages. We also offer hire options for temporary buildings, which are different products and specifications to our permanent structures.

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