“It’s all about controlling the project from start to finish”, says McCorkell. The fact that modules are built in a controlled environment with skilled and time-efficient tradesmen means there are no weather delays, more streamlined construction methods and economies of scale when it comes to materials. These advantages plus avoiding site-specific time constraints means nesters are getting the benefits of reduced costs while having a home delivered to their site complete with joinery, tiles, paint and carpets, ready to plug-in power and plumbing, in around a third of the time of a normal building operation.
But isn’t this a poor man’s version of contemporary architecture? How much can you really achieve in a 14m x 4.2m cube – the maximum size that can be loaded onto a truck? Isn’t it much better to have complete creative freedom on the site?