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An Analysis Into Modular Construction Of Purpose Built Flats - Is This A Valid Solution To Social Housing Within The UK (2008)


Ref: build0004

This research dissertation examines the degree to which the modular construction of purpose built flats can provide an adaptable and flexible solution to social housing within the UK. The primary motivating rationale which has led the researcher to undertake such an investigation is the importance of modular construction in the context of providing a significant step away from what many believe to be increasingly inefficient, and antiquated conventional construction site processes. Furthermore, the researcher believes that as modular social housing projects are at the forefront of the ODPM’s plans to satisfy social housing demand it therefore allows further contribution towards the debate in a constructive and impartial manner. The research was systematically undertaken through the review of existing literature sources and the evaluation of an existing modular development (case study). Through this combination of literary and case data, the researcher was able to formulate theories and ideas regarding the adaptability and flexibility of the method. The result of such research illustrated that modular construction promotes a number of flexibilities throughout the project life cycle (pre, during, post construction) which can be utilised as to construct social housing to an accelerated project duration, improved quality level and potentially lower cost. The research also highlighted a number of issues which restricted the adaptability of the method which were also inherent of the manufacturing process, such as modular repair in the advent of fire. Consequently, the integration of themes highlighted throughout the literature and case study led the researcher to conclude that modular methods can provide a flexible and adaptable solution to the changing demographic nature of social housing demand.


  • 20,000 words - 125 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good use of case study analyses
  • Ideal for construction & building studies students
  • Outstanding Dissertation


1.0 Introduction to Research   
Research Background   
Research Rationale   
Research Constraints   
Research Aims and Objectives   
Outline Research Methodology

2.0 Changing Nature of Housing within the UK   
Introduction   
Overview of UK housing market   
Potential Future of Modular Construction within the Social Housing Sector   
Government Policy Regarding Modular Method’s of Construction   
Critical Appraisal 1

3.0 Modular Construction Project Process   
Introduction   
Modular Overview   
Forms of Modular Construction   
Manufacturing Process   
Transportation and Installation of Modules   
Critical Appraisal 2

4.0 Modular Performance Variables   
Introduction   
Project Duration   
Cost Implications
Quality
Architectural Design and Functionality   
Predictability   
Efficiency   
Health and Safety   
Critical Appraisal Three
Literature Review Conclusion

5.0 Detailed Research Methodology   
Introduction   
Literature Review   
Qualitative Research   
Quantitative Research   
Analytical Case Study   
Semi Structured Interviews   
Research Ethics

6.0 Case Study: Murray Grove   
Introduction and Research Objectives   
Case Overview   
Architectural Appraisal/Design   
Construction Process
Stage One – Module Prefabrication   
Stage Two – Module Installation and Roof Assembly   
Stage Three – Access Deck Assembly and External Tile Cladding   
Stage Four – Lift and Stair Tower Assembly   
Stage Five – Landscaping and Snagging
Project Cost Summary- (See Appendix 13.0 for Cost Plan)   
Case Summary   
Project Drawings

7.0 Case Study Semi Structured Interviews   
Introduction   
Semi Structured Questionnaire Attitudinal Results
Semi Structured Questionnaire Exploratory Results
Case Study Interview Key Findings

8.0 Discussion/Conclusion   
Discussion Introduction   
Relationship of Research to Existing Literature   
Relationship of Research to Sub Objectives   
Research Limitations and Appropriateness   
Relationship of Research to Primary Aim   
Recommendations for Further Research

9.0 References

10.0 Bibliography




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