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Modularisation and DfMA (Design For Manufacture and Assembly) is becoming more and more prevalent in modern construction projects.                                 Not only can it save time and money on site but also present less risk to the health and safety of installers and fitters.

Achieving sucessful modularisation however is not particularly easy. The service system designers will normally not know the principles of modularisation whilst the off-site module builders may have little idea of design principles.

Blue Thorn are able to provide a link between these two processes as we have experience both in system design and modular principles. In fact we are regularly brought in at the start of projects to create successful systems and modular types that are suited to that particular project.

Blue Thorn have a proven track record of successfully delivering modularised projects having worked on some extremely large builds. At North Staffordshire hospital we successfully delivered round about a thousand modules, each detailed with it's own drawing and sent to the fabrication centre.


North Staffordshire Hospital

The three blocks we worked on on North Staffordshire Hospital contained around a thousand modules between them, not to mention the pipe racks and the plant skids. Each one was individually detailed on it's own drawing and sent to Crown House's fabrication cell for manufacture. On site there was no 'hot work' allowed so any errors would not be easy to rectify on site.   Although the final stage is still ongoing, all modules delivered to site have been successfully installed with none returned for modification.


One important instruction we followed were to make the modules as standard as possible. For most of the distribution services we only used a total of four module formats. In order to make this work the unpopulated modules were always the first items to be positioned in a new coordination area. The modules were then populated and particular care was taken when running services off the module to final locations. This was well worth the time and effort  as the installation was completed quickly and efficiently in all of the modularised areas.

 Leicester University Library

This project was to construct a large, modularised plantroom. The plantroom was to be design incorporating these substantial modular frames.      Once approved most of the area was to be constructed at a fabrication centre, shipped to site then hoisted into place.


Again preparation and attention to detail were key.      Consistency of standard modules kept errors to a minimum and reduced the cost. The end result was exactly as had been targeted. A substantial plantroom consisting of 17 large modules.