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