Modular Classrooms Ensure Children’s Education

Recent structural collapses in schools, due to the use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) in school construction from the 1950s to the 1990s, have sent many faculties across the country into turmoil, as they desperately seek classroom space to accommodate all their pupils. At MPB Temporary Classrooms, we are a family-run business that understands the value of education to give children the best start in life and have been supplying modular classrooms since 2005.

Modular Classrooms for Schools

What is a modular classroom?

Modular classroom buildings are often known as temporary classrooms, but this isn’t strictly true. Modular buildings are typically manufactured off-site and can be installed quickly with simple placement and connection to amenities, which makes them a more suitable choice than traditional brick-and-mortar buildings that take many months to construct. As most schools must stick to strict budgets, a modular unit is a great cost-effective solution, which is also designed to lessen environmental impact and tailored to suit your unique requirements. They can also be relocated with ease.

Modular buildings are recognised as the go-to option for multiple applications in numerous industries, including offices on construction sites, healthcare clinics during health crises, event venues, industrial expansion, military purposes, farming and disaster relief. As modular buildings have developed and become more aesthetically pleasing, they have also become a fantastic source of affordable housing. This is why it isn’t strictly correct to call them temporary classrooms as today’s modular classrooms can last as long as you need them to.

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What are the benefits of a modular classroom?

Modular classrooms offer several advantages to schools and other education faculties that traditional brick structures can’t, including the following:

  • Quick Installation – Modular buildings are manufactured off-site, meaning installation can be typically completed within a few days.
  • Cost-effective – Modular buildings are a more economical method of construction than traditional brick buildings and can also be sold once they are no longer required.
  • Portable – Modular classrooms can be easily relocated to allow schools to adapt to expanding student populations or changing needs.
  • Sustainable – Many modular units are built with eco-friendly materials and incorporate features such as insulation or solar panels to improve energy efficiency.
  • Planning Compliance – Modular classrooms will typically require planning permission, which is why they are built to ensure they meet all local building codes and regulations.
  • Scalable – Should your need for available space grow, you can easily expand by installing additional modular units.
Interior of a modular classroom

How long does a modular classroom take to install and how long will it last?

Sourcing and installing a modular classroom can be a very speedy process if there is availability for a second-hand unit that fits your requirements, however, if your classroom needs to be manufactured from scratch, the completion time can vary between two and five months.

The manufacturing time of your classroom can take between a few weeks and a few months depending on the complexities and size of the modular unit. Planning permission is completed simultaneously, and usually within a few weeks, but should something unexpected occur, it can take up to a few months. Site preparation can vary from a few days to a few weeks depending on the current condition of your intended location and whether utility connections, foundation work or grading is required. The delivery, installation and finishing touches, including utility hookups, are typically completed within a week.

If you wish to relocate an existing modular classroom, then please visit our classroom relocation in Coventry case study, to see how simple this can be.

What is the RAAC concrete crisis?

Between the 1950s and 1990s, many UK public buildings, including schools, were built with a lightweight and cheap alternative to traditional concrete known as reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac), and by the 1980s, it had started to fail, resulting in many buildings having to be demolished for safety concerns. Some Raac panels have been discovered to be too thin for their intended distance, others lacked enough steel to anchor them to vertical structures and many were supported by corroded steel.

Many schools across the country have experienced crumbling walls and collapsing roofs, and in August 2023, The Health and Safety Executive announced Raac has passed its life expectancy and structures are liable to collapse with little or no notice.

Please read the Guardian’s ‘What is Raac and why is it forcing schools to shut buildings?’ article for further information.

Inside of a modular classroom

Modular classrooms for your school

With the considerable health and safety risks being imposed by Raac-constructed buildings, it is advised to source solutions immediately and not wait until it is too late. Temporary classrooms can be installed and in operation within a matter of weeks and would offer a safe learning environment whilst work is either completed on repairing your Raac walls or manufacturing a modular classroom to your unique specifications.

Get in touch with our expert team at Midlands Portable Buildings and discover the safe, sensible and economical options available for you, ensuring the education of pupils is not interrupted and their safety is not put at any risk.