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Recycled modular buildings for project requirements

Highly sustainable project offices

Organisation : Sellafield

Building Use : Utilities, Offices

Product : Cabins, Modular Buildings

Location : Sellafield, Cumbria

Requirement :

A recycled modular building was required to provide project offices at Sellafield in Cumbria for the delivery of Sellafield Limited's Evaporator D project - one of the largest nuclear construction schemes in the UK.

Solution :

The contract awarded to Portakabin (Refurbished) was its second at the Sellafield Nuclear Plant. A recycled and refurbished modular building had already been provided for VINCI Construction UK for the Silos Direct Encapsulation Project - a major waste retrieval scheme.

The use of recycled building modules is highly sustainable, up to 70% faster and provides cost savings of up to 50% compared to new build.

Delivered to a challenging timescale of just five months from receipt of order, the building comprises 60 steel-framed modules which provide open plan and cellular office accommodation and break-out spaces for around 130 staff.

The modules were fully refurbished off site to minimise disruption, and configured to meet specific requirements.

Why should you consider recycled modular buildings for your organisation?

The use of recycled modular buildings is one of the most environmentally sound methods of construction. It generates less than 10% of the carbon emissions and uses less than 3% of the energy during construction, compared to a newly manufactured building of equivalent size (source: MPBA/Arup).

It is also highly thermally efficient. In England, tests for air permeability on pre-owned modular buildings are not compulsory. However, in independent tests, Portakabin (Refurbished) recycled modular buildings have performed up to 80% better than Building Regulations requirements. This means reduced energy consumption, and lower running costs and carbon emissions.

Portakabin (Refurbished) specialises in the supply of quality recycled and refurbished modular buildings, designed to individual project requirements. In addition to its sustainability benefits, the approach offers a range of other advantages:

  • A highly cost-effective alternative to new build
  • Programme times for high quality temporary or permanent buildings are reduced by up to 70%
  • Off-site working is maximised for safer, quieter and cleaner sites and reduced disruption
  • The buildings can be easily expanded, reconfigured or removed if an organisation's requirements change
  • High quality steel-framed modular buildings are built to last and require fewer ground works than traditional site-based construction - further reducing cost, disruption and programme times

"We needed to accommodate staff during this major construction project, and were impressed with the Portakabin (Refurbished) approach. It allows us to benefit from the cost, speed and sustainability advantages of recycling and reconfiguring modular buildings."

Bruce Wilson, Programme Delivery Manager at Sellafield

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