What is A Modular Building?

Teacher Training room at Sacred Heart Coventry by The Learning Escape

Pupil numbers are rising and expected to continue to do so (at least until the 2020s) and school budgets under pressure (for the foreseeable future). In these times of limited resources and an uncertain future, many schools are looking for a time and cost efficient solution to their immediate need for additional teaching space: modular classrooms. For many, this conjures up an image of an unsightly pre-fab, mobile structure craned into the most accessible, though not necessarily the most desirable, spot. A poorly insulated metal box, that overheats in summer and is draughty and chilly in winter, with a few windows facing out onto whatever happens to be on the other side…..even if it’s a brick wall!

However, a modular classroom can be so much more, as demonstrated by the Learning Escape.  Retaining the advantages over a conventional build, including lower cost, less build time and minimal disruption, it is possible to enjoy the added benefits of a bespoke design combined with a permanent, bright and inspiring building for a price not dissimilar to that of a temporary structure.

Modular classroom cost

Compared to a conventional build, a modular construction method will reduce costs and minimise on site detritus and waste as materials will be delivered to a central manufacturing facility, where they will be safe from theft and potentially damaging exposure to the elements. This will also eliminate the likelihood of moisture becoming trapped in the fabric of the building, resulting in superior indoor air quality.

While the modules are assembled at the manufacturing facility, on site work such as foundation preparation and amenity connection can occur simultaneously. This not only contributes to a shorter overall construction period, but also reduces labour and supervision costs and makes the on-site process quieter, safer and generally less intrusive than a conventional build. Furthermore, modular units can be designed to complement the external aesthetics of existing buildings (where desirable) and to fit in with the natural surroundings in which they are to be located. The interior can be designed to fit whatever your school’s requirements, from chemistry lab to art studio, and everything in between.

Sacred heart teacher training room under construction.jpg

Choosing an eco-classroom supplier, preferably of energy efficient, A rated buildings will also enable the school to benefit from low running costs in the years to come. What is more, if you only have sufficient funds to build one classroom now (even though you know that the pipeline of new registrations is full with pent up demand for more space over the coming years) the beauty of a modular approach is that as pupil numbers grow and funding allows, extending is simple and quick. A modular approach to future proof your school.

Examples of schools with modular classooms

You can find examples of modular classrooms that we've built on our YouTube channel - here is the specific playlist to our educational buildings videos, with some eco-classroom examples below: