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Schools throughout Australia are increas-
ingly using modular construction as a
viable alternative to bricks-and-mortar
buildings. A far cry from the demounta-
bles of past decades, today's high-quality
modular buildings are worth considering
for any school that wants flexible design
on a budget.
Modular construction allows schools
to have buildings designed to their needs,
but which can be completed more quickly,
more cost-effectively and with less disrup-
tion than traditional buildings.
The functionality and external appear-
ance of modular buildings can be tailored to
suit the practical and aesthetic requirements
of individual schools.
Buildings are designed and constructed
off site from the school. Producing the
buildings in quality-controlled manufac-
turing environments reduces the timeframe,
improves the efficiency and reduces the cost
of development projects. Reputable modular
companies build using steel frames to ensure
durability and weather resistant complexes,
compliant with the Building Code of Aus-
The off-site manufactured buildings are
then installed at the school during holidays
or out-of-school hours. For schools, this
means minimal inconvenience to teachers
and the students learning, no construction
workers on schools grounds for long periods
of time and fewer construction-site safety
concerns to be managed.
Modular buildings can be linked to
school's existing fire, security and waste
Practical and aesthetic flexibility
Ausco Modular, a national provider of mod-
ular buildings, can attest to the popularity
of this approach to construction, having
worked with hundreds of Australian schools
over the last 20 years.
'DEMOUNTABLE' IS NO LONGER A DIRTY WORD. PAUL BAILEY EXPLAINS
HOW MODULAR CONSTRUCTION ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO PURPOSE-BUILD
CLASSROOMS AND OTHER FACILITIES TO SUIT THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS.
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