Zero defects is the primary battle ground between traditional and modern construction methods. A relative concept, zero defects is however a target that the construction industry has set for itself. Primary considerations are structural stability and keeping the water out. Proper functioning of services, components, fixtures and fittings are essential.
Energy and sound performance are also vital, as well as issues of safety, access and security. This is a campaign which will be fought in years to come… and in the meantime here is another prefab scheme which feature’s in these skirmishes.
Mobile Modular (MoMo) is a research development project for a relocatable system of mass housing constructed from specially fabricated shipping containers. This type of system allows flats to be erected speedily on short-life sites and to be demounted and re-assembled in different configurations on other sites in the future.
The key objectives:
Remove: MoMo apartments from a site where housing has been provided for 5 years.
Refurbish: Each module at the suppliers yard or an alternative temporary site.
Re-locate: The apartments in any new configuration to provide decanting, short term housing, permanent apartments. This type of system can also become a permanent housing solution.
Originally commissioned by the Peabody Trust, after feasibility stage the team was invited to take the project forward with their own initiative. The team formed a consortium with the aim of developing a prototype to demonstrate the principles, and to market the MoMo scheme as a one stop shop package to interested parties.