Things to consider when project managing the installation of fully off-site manufactured housing
With a range of experience in the fully off-site manufactured housing sector, we thought it would be useful to provide an overview of our considerations for installation, before embarking on your modular housing development. The below provides a concise pre- and post-installation checklist when planning any installation. While some of these “tips” may sound obvious, they can often be overlooked!
IS THE SITE SUITABLE?
Can the modular units be delivered safely to site? Does the site offer adequate space for the units to be delivered, unwrapped and craned into position?
KNOW THE MODULAR PRODUCT
What options are available in the marketplace and what best suits my requirements? This will cover a range of areas, such as how is it constructed? What are the materials and products used? It’s important to understand how key components are replaced and agree any changes and optional extras before placing orders. Another consideration is, what standards does it meet? Is it CML, BOPAS, NHBC/Premier or Building Regulations M4(2) compliant? Importantly, understand: how the unit is connected to the foundations; the juxtaposition of the external works in relation to the modular unit; the limitations on adapting the unit once erected; and what alterations/adaptations are possible, without compromising any warranties/ guarantees.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Understand what is included in the price and what is to be provided by others, for example minimum site requirements to allow modules to be erected.
Understand the payment terms and key milestones, in particular what protection measures you can put in place.
Andy Bayley, Director
Often 50-60% of the cost of the modular unit is paid before it arrives on site. The retention amount and payment period for this is paramount.
DELIVERY TO SITE
Fully plan and coordinate the erection of the units. Your checklist should include activities such as: the route to site; the holding area; access requirements; the crane position/working platform; the location for unwrapping the units before craning into position; how delivery of other site materials could be compromised during the erection of the modules; and the impact on other site activities at the time of the delivery/erection.
Understand responsibilities for making good the module connections, including any service connections, fire prevention and repairs. Our multi-disciplinary team specialises in this sector, and would be happy to speak to you with regards to any future projects or queries you may have.
Our multi-disciplinary team specialises in this sector, and would be happy to speak to you with regards to any future projects or queries you may have.