At Cotaplan, we get asked many questions about modular buildings, particularly from clients purchasing or hiring one of our prefabricated buildings for the first time.
Below we have decided to answer a few of the most common questions to help you understand modular construction and whether a prefab build is for you.
What is Modular Building construction?
Each section may be as small as a roof, wall or floor panel delivered in flat-pack form or as a complete building section.
How are Modular Buildings delivered?
Sometimes access to the site can be challenging and may require temporary trackway/road protection or widening of the access route to the site. Cotaplan will undertake a full site survey prior to delivery.
How does the quality of Modular Buildings compare to Traditional Builds?
All our buildings are then re-audited for quality before handover to the customer.
In addition to all our buildings being fully compliant with building regulations Cotaplan are fully compliant with ISO:9001 quality accreditation and are continuously looking to improve the services we offer.
How flexible can Modular construction be?
Cotaplan also offer a range of sizes and finishes to suit; through hire, lease purchase or outright purchase.
How long can I hire a Modular Building for?
Do I need planning permission for a Modular Building?
Cotaplan can help prepare drawings to help with your submission.
Do Modular Buildings comply with building regulations?
or that are more than 30m² need Building Regulation approval.
If the building is less than 30m² but linked to an existing structure, this will need approval too.
At Cotaplan, all our buildings are designed to meet current Building Regulation requirements and we offer an inhouse service to undertake the application on behalf of our clients – from serving the initial notice to obtaining approval from an approved Building Control company.
Can Modular Buildings be built on the roof or within an enclosed area?
Placing them into a courtyard or other ‘difficult to access’ spaces is probably more straightforward. This can be done with a strategically placed crane to lift from a safe hard-standing nearby, where vehicles can gain access for off-loading.
How long do Modular Buildings last?
The roof bears the brunt of the weather, so it is important to keep the gutters clear of debris and periodically inspect the roofing membrane – like all flat roofs, these will perish over time.
Cotaplan offer a range of guarantees and warranties on the various building components.
What are the benefits of Modular Buildings?
Whilst the building is being manufactured in the factory, the site is prepared ready to install the building. This vastly reduces the time on site, allowing projects to be completed quickly with minimal disruption.
As the buildings are of lightweight construction they can be assembled quickly, irrespective of the weather, vastly reducing the overall cost.
How long does it take to complete a project?
Cotaplan have over 36 years’ experience in supplying buildings to all sectors throughout the UK.
Is Modular Construction less expensive?
Any building specification can be constructed on request.
Do I need an architect for my modular build?
Architects are ideal for buildings that are more bespoke or complex in nature but as most Cotaplan buildings are based around a pre-designed and engineered system, most of our projects do not require one. Cotaplan can provide a complete Design and Build turnkey package.
Cotaplan provide technical designs for customer approval prior to the building going into manufacture.
Is there a size limit for a Modular Building?
In theory there is no limit to the length and width of the modular buildings we produce.
Cotaplan buildings can be end-linked, side linked and stacked to produce large areas of work space.
What options are available for Modular Buildings?
We offer a range of exterior finishes which include:
- Plastisol steel cladding, fascias and trims with a variety of colour finishes
- Thermowood and cedar cladding
- Trespa, Rockclad and other rainscreen claddings
- Brick cladding
- Aluminium or steel lined doors with a range of colour options
- Bespoke canopies
- Aluminium or UPVC windows
Interior Options include:
- Toilet & kitchen facilities
- IPS panelling for toilets and low maintenance sink splash-backs
- Air conditioning and MVHR systems
- Range of vinyl and carpets in a variety of colours
- Suspended ceilings
- Fire & intruder alarm systems
- Internal lighting options
- Internal door finishes
- Curtain walling entrances
- Demountable acoustic wall panels