What is modular construction?
Modular construction is a construction technique whereby the producer manufactures large parts of a home in their factory. It involves ready-made modules that are placed next to each other and on top of each other and include plumbing and electricity.
Modular construction, which meets strict standards, takes this concept one step further than the prefabricated construction system whereby single elements such as concrete floors or façade panels are produced in the factory.
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It is easy to adapt the modules to the client's (future) requirements. Modular construction is easy to adjust, whether it concerns a change in purpose or location or involves an expansion or reduction.
External factors such as the weather or availability of manpower do not play a role, which will reduce the construction time with 30% to 50% compared with traditional construction. Therefore, modular construction is also called fast construction.
Manufacturing is mainly done in the factory, so (noise) nuisance on site for local residents is limited. And transport of the modules requires fewer transport movements.
Because the modular construction projects are largely standardised, failure costs are low. Little to no repair work is needed to repair errors in the planning, design or implementation. Buildings are delivered significantly earlier, increasing the client's profitability.
Modular system construction creates considerably less waste because most of the materials can be reused. Projects also consume less CO2 because there are fewer transport movements.
Jan Snel in numbers
We employ 350 people at Jan Snel
Jan Snel had a turnover of €140 million in 2018
Jan Snel offers 10 different types of housing
Jan Snel created 225,800 m² of housing in 2018.
Who should look into modular construction?
Sports associations with a shortage of changing rooms, housing associations searching for social rental homes, municipalities with a shortage of housing for migrant workers and students or businesses looking for new accommodation due to a renovation would all benefit from modular construction. In short, the possibilities are endless.
Jan Snel focuses on the business sector with a variety of clients; from institutional investors to care organisations and from event organisations to SMEs. The quality of modular homes has improved so much that should not be referring to it as temporary construction anymore. In fact, the modules can pass as permanent construction if the client wishes so.
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Jan Snel receives golden brick for Safety Unit
Jan Snel receives the Golden Brick for the Safety Unit. The Safety Unit is a unique concept that is used for safety instructions and contributes to greater safety awareness. This unique concept is now being rewarded.
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Jan Snel realises 540 residences in Amsterdam-Noord
At the former Elzenhagen sports park in Amsterdam-Noord, Startblok Elzenhagen was delivered completely ready for living, at the beginning of April. Together with the municipality of Amsterdam and housing corporations De Key and Eigen Haard, Jan Snel has developed and built here no less than 540 residences.
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This way you can build student residences quickly
The municipality of The Hague expects growth in the number of students in the city in the coming years and is therefore eagerly looking for housing (Nederlands Dagblad 12 April). You can read Harry van Zandwijk's vision here, in the Nederlands Dagblad (published on Thursday 2 May 2019).
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modular construction process
The way Jan Snel builds is not very different from traditional construction methods. In fact, many clients do not see the difference in the appearance and end result. The architectural sector is also starting to find its way to Jan Snel and the modular and permanent construction systems meet the same requirements of the Buildings Decree.
Difference in the construction method
In general, modular and traditional construction methods use the same materials. The difference between the two is mainly the method of construction. After all, modular buildings are placed on driven concrete piles and provided with a concrete foundation.
Concrete floors and steel structures
The concrete floors and steel structures are manufactured in Jan Snel's factory. The floor and steel structures form the basis for all the modules that are delivered ready to use to the construction sites. In the meantime, the technical installation and utilities are finished in the factory. Jan Snel installs the external wall material of your choice, such as trespa, wood, composite, brickwork.
Safety, speed and quality
It is often difficult for the traditional construction sector to guarantee the safety of workers at temporary construction sites. This is different at Jan Snel, where the factory halls in Montfoort are set up in such a way that production workers can do their job safely, efficiently and without any inconveniences. They are not hindered by weather conditions such as frost or rain, which will benefit the construction speed and quality.
The modules are stored at three locations in the Netherlands (Montfoort, Eemshaven or Hulst). From these places, Jan Snel organises the logistical process to the construction sites with their own transport.
What about the quality of modular construction?
The modular construction sector always used to have a temporary character, but the sector has continued to evolve, which in many cases means that the quality is even better than that of traditional construction.
The modular construction sector uses the same high-quality materials as the traditional construction sector, making it easy to meet the clients'requirements and the Buildings Decree.
The comfort in the buildings has also improved enormously. Good insulation gives Jan Snel the opportunity to achieve zero-energy housing, which results in not only a pleasant indoor climate but also a low energy bill. High-rise buildings are not a problem either: Jan Snel's buildings reach up to 12 floors.
How long will modular construction last?
It is often thought that modular construction is the same as temporary construction. That is not the case. The quality Jan Snel offers is so high that a building will last permanently. Even buildings that are used temporarily will get a second life because the materials are reused.
Legislation and the client determine whether a building is occupied temporarily or permanently. The quality is not in question in this regard.
Do you have the solution for my demand?
Jan Snel has more than 55 years of construction experience. In that time, we have found a solution for every challenge.
Read more about the projects which we have completed recently. If you want to know what Jan Snel can do for your company, please call us or fill in the form below. We will reply promptly.
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