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Design Without Limits: The Flexibility of Modular Buildings

One of the qualities of a successful organisation is its ability to be flexible and adapt to its business needs....

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One of the qualities of a successful organisation is its ability to be flexible and adapt to its business needs. This is one of the attractions of using modular buildings to house your business. The flexibility you get with modular construction is unrivalled and brings so much more versatility than its traditional counterpart.

The process of modular construction uses prefabricated components that are manufactured off-site and then assembled on-site. This provides many benefits that we have discussed in previous articles, including reduced costs and increased sustainability, but one of the key benefits is modular construction’s flexibility.

Modular buildings provide flexibility in many areas of your business, from budget to timings and design to size. So, let’s have a look at how the versatility of modular buildings means that they are very a real consideration for your project.


Space – the process of assembling a modular construction means that you can choose how much space you need for the purpose you need it for. You are not constrained by bricks and mortar, only by the amount of space you have available to you. If you need more room, you can choose to have a multi-storey building if that’s what you need.

Reconfiguration – further to making a decision on the amount of space you need, should your business grow or your needs change, modular buildings give you the flexibility to reconfigure the area by moving walls easily without resorting to demolition or further planning consent being required. You can even add extra rooms, meaning that if you increase your staffing levels or see your customer base grow, your building can grow with you.

For example, if you are a school that has seen an influx in your student population, you can add additional classrooms or staff spaces without too much hassle. Need more space for a staff break-out area? Then you can add one!

Customisation – Modular buildings also offer increased flexibility in terms of design and customisation. Modular components can be manufactured to fit a wide range of designs, styles, and specifications, allowing for complete customisation of the final product. This level of customisation is not possible with traditional building methods, where design changes often require significant and costly modifications to the existing structure.

Because you can be involved in the design process from the beginning, you are able to discuss what fixtures, fittings and features you need right at the starting design stage, and you have the flexibility to amend those plans where it would be more costly to do so with a more traditional build.  

Double storey modular building

Usage – Because you have so much control over the design, this means that modular buildings can be tailored to whatever you need the space to be used for, whether that be for a GP surgery, a nursery or a school. However, if you want an area with multiple uses and spaces, then modular buildings give you that option. 

Schedules – As modular buildings are constructed off-site, and many components are already built, it gives you more control over the timings of your build. Our installers only need a few days on-site to complete your project, which means that you do not have to manage a lengthy construction process. This means that your schedules are much more predictable, and you have a more reliable plan to work with. This has significant benefits if your building project results from an emergency situation and allows you to be reactive if you need to be. Whether you need extra space quickly or you may need to provide emergency housing.

Relocation – You may find yourself in a position where you need to move your business to another location or even reposition your building on the same site. Modular buildings can be easily and quickly disassembled, rebuilt, and transported to another position. If you need to move your business, relocating your existing modular building is much easier than finding a permanent structure that suits your needs. 

Hire or Buy – Whether your need for space is a long-term and permanent requirement or whether you only need something on a short-term temporary basis, Portable Building Sales has options for you. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, traditional buildings can be very restrictive, but not with modular buildings.

Cost – Modular buildings give you a lot more control over your budget. Not only is modular construction a cost-effective option, but you can also tailor your building to match your budget.

So, as you can see, the level of versatility you can expect from a modular building far outweighs the constraints of a more traditional construction. Additionally, you have many other benefits, like the energy efficiency of the modular construction process and the reduced impact of the construction process on your site compared to a typical building site.

Portable Building Sales are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. So if you think a modular building is just right for your next project, or even if you need more information to make your decision, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team to see how we can help.