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A modular building is constructed from prefabricated sections called modules which are manufactured off-site and then transported to, and assembled, onsite – enabling a more efficient construction in comparison to traditional methods.
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What are modular buildings?

Able to be manufactured offsite out of pre-fabricated modules, these innovative structures can be quickly assembled onsite to meet the rising demand for aesthetically pleasing, efficient, sustainable and modern accommodation solutions. As one of the UK’s leading modular building manufactures, MPB has been a provider and installer of custom modular buildings using cutting-edge designs and exceptional service to deliver professional constructions with rapid lead times. We offer a diverse range of modular buildings for sale for companies and manufacturers and customised, bespoke solutions to a vast range of sectors.

The construction allows for a multitude of combinations of options to create the exact bespoke modular building that your organisation needs, of a variety of sizes and even storeys. By using pre-fabricated modules the whole process is significantly faster than by employing traditional methods, allowing businesses and other organisations to solve immediate accommodation issues with a rapid extension. Fabricating modular buildings offsite also helps to minimise environmental impact – enabling clients to save time and resources.

Our process

Step 01 – Design stage

We work with you to create a design proposal that meets your requirements and then a budget quote. After you have agreed to these, we visit your site to check the area and any access restrictions.

Step 02 – Planning and compliance

The planning application must be applied for and after this process, which usually takes 8 – 12 weeks, a building regulation application needs to be made. You complete this or you can opt for our service to manage it for you.

Step 03 – Groundworks and manufacturing

After planning permission is granted, the onsite team begin preparing foundations, mains services, ducting and drainage while offsite the manufacture begins. Completing both tasks in tandem reduces lead times massively.

Step 04 – Installation

The modular building is delivered to your site with the relevant labour and machinery and all internal and external works of the building will be planned and then executed ready for handover to you.

Step 05 – Snagging and handover

Any snagging tasks will be identified and attended to, ensuring the total satisfaction of the client. When these are done, the keys and building certifications will be handed over to the client for them to begin using.

Advantages of modular buildings

Faster construction

Modular buildings are rapidly assembled from pre-fabricated modules, significantly reducing construction time and providing speedy solutions for urgent accommodation needs. With the onsite preparation being completed simultaneously, the lead times are slashed to a bare minimum compared to a traditional build.


Streamlined manufacturing processes lower expenses compared to conventional builds. Reduced labour and construction time saves on overall expenses and using fewer traditional materials also makes the costs of a modular building a budget-friendly option for businesses and organisations seeking efficient and economical solutions.

Sustainability and eco Friendly

The modular construction process generates much less waste compared to traditional construction, and eco-friendly practices make prefab modular buildings a greener choice compared to traditional construction methods, aligning with environmentally-conscious objectives. The materials used also make the finished modular building energy efficient.

Flexibility and customisation

Versatile designs allow for customised, bespoke modular buildings that meet specific requirements for office space, classrooms, healthcare facilities, or residential units, providing flexibility in accommodating diverse needs. They can also be relocated or moved easily should the need arise.

Quality and safety

Modular buildings are assembled in controlled factory environments where they undergo rigorous quality control measures. This construction method ensures high standards and compliance with building codes, resulting in a superior final product with reliable craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Reduced disruptions

Modular buildings are constructed mainly offsite minimising disruptions that could be caused by weather or other factors – leading to greater certainty of timelines. Also as construction time is shorter there is less disruption to regular onsite operations or to populated, residential areas.

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Whether you’re looking for new modular buildings or refurbished buildings, MPB has a solution. We manufacture buildings, with quality products, to meet all regulations and health and safety standards. We also specialise in modifying them to your specifications and requirements, whether they are new units or used and refurbished. Our services cover every element of the installation:

  • Design and planning
  • Manufacture and modification
  • Groundwork preparation
  • Planning application and building regulations
  • Full installation, snagging and handover
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Internal and External Design Options

Although prefabricated modular buildings are often considered to be temporary structures, they actually may be around for quite a long time – many robustly serve organisations for decades. If they’re going to form a vital part of your operation for some years to come, it’s important that they look right on the outside as well as meet your specifications for the interior. The ideal workspace is vital for your company’s productivity and we are experts at designing interiors with your ideal choice of wall coverings, lighting as well as heating and cooling systems and floor coverings. We have a range of vinyl flooring options and carpeting and we ensure that air quality, temperature and acoustics all exceed expectations.

As one of the UK’s leading modular building companies, our standard modular buildings are finished in either a resin-based textured paint or plastic-coated architectural steel which are available in a number of different profiles. However, we don’t stop there! We offer a wide range of exterior cladding options – guaranteeing high-quality insulation. Brick slip cladding can give your modular building the look of a permanent traditional build and be matched to your existing buildings for a seamless look. We have a selection of timber cladding options at different price points for a back-to-nature vibe and we have recently added a new cladding system called ‘Clad-ex’ to our range. This is an innovative product that offers a 60-minute fire rating as part of an approved system and can be supplied for new modular buildings.

Uses of modular buildings

Due to their flexibility, efficiency and speedy installation, prefabricated modular buildings have a vast array of applications in almost every conceivable sector. Smaller modular buildings can create temporary offices, site accommodation and even toilet and shower facilities for building sites, events and exhibitions and specialised needs such as remote research stations. Modular buildings can be used in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors to create additional workspaces, storage units, retail kiosks and even laboratories.

Modular buildings can provide residential spaces – allowing affordable housing solutions for areas with shortages or post-disaster recovery. The healthcare industry finds modular buildings an essential resource to expand hospital facilities and create additional clinic space or testing centres. The education sector uses modular buildings frequently as many older, traditional school buildings reached the capacity of students and staff they can serve years ago and need additional classrooms, changing rooms or specialised teaching spaces. The almost innumerable options of use that a modular building can have means that there are endless possibilities for this versatile construction. Their relatively cheap price tag and rapid installation time add to their appeal to every industry and sector, as well as the sustainability of the modular buildings that MPB design and build.

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What are modular buildings?

Modular buildings are innovative structures constructed using modules which are manufactured offsite in controlled factory conditions. Transported to, and assembled, onsite, they create a fully functional building. They offer flexible customisability, speed of installation and cost-effectiveness, making them an excellent alternative to traditional construction methods for various applications, including residential, commercial, educational and healthcare facilities.

Why choose a modular building over a traditional construction?

A modular building has several advantages over a traditional one. It allows for speedier construction time and money saving. The prefabricated modules are constructed offsite while the preparations are made onsite for foundations, mains services and drainage so that when the building is delivered to the site it can be ready in a matter of weeks, rather than the months of disruption that a traditional build causes. Modular buildings use fewer resources and labour – saving money – and they are customisable and energy-efficient as well as being relocatable, all of which gives modular buildings the edge over a traditional build.

 How are modular buildings constructed?

Modular buildings are constructed in factory settings on assembly lines and by skilled engineers. Precise measurements and high-quality materials are used to fabricate the individual modules which are then transported to the site. Onsite these modules are then lifted into place and assembled with the relevant machinery to create the final structure. Some smaller modular buildings can be transported fully constructed in one piece.

Can I relocate a modular building?

Yes, one of the significant advantages of modular buildings is their mobility. They can be disassembled, transported and reassembled at a new location, offering flexibility for businesses, educational institutions or other temporary facilities.

Are modular buildings customisable?

Absolutely. Modular buildings can be tailored to suit specific needs and preferences. Modular building companies offer custom and bespoke solutions, allowing clients to choose from a variety of designs, layouts and finishes to meet their requirements and achieve their desired aesthetics.

Can I change the internal layout of my modular building later on?

Yes, the internal layout of modular buildings can be modified after installation. The adaptable nature of modular construction allows for easy reconfiguration and expansion as needs evolve or change over time.

What is the difference between a modular building and a portable building?

While both are prefabricated structures, modular buildings are typically more permanent and designed for long-term use. They are often larger, more customisable and offer better insulation and amenities than portable buildings, which are usually smaller, less customisable and designed for temporary or short-term use.

Do modular buildings need planning permission?

In most cases, modular buildings do require planning permission, just like traditional constructions. However, some regulations vary according to location, size and intended use so it’s sensible to consult with a modular building company or the local authorities to find out what applications and regulations you need to adhere to.

How long does it take to construct a modular building?

The length of time it will take to construct a modular building will depend on various factors such as the size, location and amount of modification needed. However, you can be certain it will be a fraction of the time that a traditional building would take to construct – especially as the offsite manufacture and onsite preparations can be undertaken simultaneously. To find out how long the project you have in mind would take, get in touch with one of our expert team to discuss lead times and for a free no-obligation quote.

Are modular buildings energy-efficient?

Yes, modular buildings can be designed to be energy-efficient. They can incorporate various energy-conserving building techniques such as:
– better insulation,
– energy-saving materials,
– renewable energy systems,
all of which can help to reduce energy consumption and operating costs.

Do modular buildings comply with building codes and regulations?

Yes, modular buildings need to comply with building codes and regulations – they should meet all the same standards as traditionally constructed buildings to ensure safety and compliance with legal requirements. All the modules are manufactured under strict quality control.

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Who are Midlands Portable buildings?

A family-run business that has been trading since 2005, we have supplied a hugerange of modular buildings, both new and refurbished, to a vast selection of clients across the UK Our team of expert engineers, carpenters, plumbers and electricians are all dedicated to providing the highest quality installations to meet your needs and budget.

With our headquarters located centrally in the country there is nowhere we can’t supply our quality portable modular building solutions – from John O’Groats to Lands End. Whether you want a new or refurbished building, single, double or multistorey, we can supply it and, with ourcan-do attitude, will attempt even the most challenging of jobs. Our long list of satisfied clients speaks for itself and our excellence in customer service.

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