Three reasons to opt for modular buildings

As Ocado has grown as a business, many areas have seen upgrades to existing facilities. This year the Buildings Technology team, who look after the Ocado property, undertook a project to upgrade the facilities for our Service Delivery staff in Hatfield. The Service Delivery team includes the helpful Customer Service Team Members (or CSTMs) who drive our vans and deliver the groceries to our customers.

For this new project, the Buildings Technology team tried a different approach to construction; they chose a modular building.

Claire Hall, Compliance Manager in the Buildings Technology team, explains: “This was a challenging project as, unlike most large new builds or refurbishments, we were juggling a lively operational site. Therefore, we had to work whilst a variety of different trades and employees were going about their daily activities. We also had to contend with restricted space and tight timeframes over several weeks.”

The new Service Delivery building is situated in one of the busiest areas of our Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Hatfield

The new Service Delivery building is situated in one of the busiest areas of our Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Hatfield

Modular buildings have several advantages over traditional civil engineering approaches; here are some things that you might be interested to know about these buildings:

1. Quicker construction means cost savings

Because the progress of work can run in parallel (i.e. in a factory and on a construction site), this shortens the construction process and leads to less time spent on the building site. In addition, this approach significantly reduces site disruption, vehicular traffic and improves overall safety and security.


2. Significant reduction in the amount of waste

Recent reports and case studies have shown that you can reduce waste by 50% throughout the manufacturing and erection processes. This can be achieved through careful planning of the manufacturing process but also construction off-site allows for better control the flow of materials and to analyse of where waste is being generated.

3. Independence from adverse weather

Weather delays are a less significant factor with modular construction either, as the majority of the build process is sheltered from the elements.

Claire explained that “communication and coordination was key to this project ensuring the safety of all those involved whilst trying to meet key milestones. The overall outcome was a positive one and the hope is that the new facilities will be looked after and enjoyed by all who use them!”

Lucy Carr-Archer, Marketing Communications Executive

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