Travelodge Building Pop-Up Prefab Hotels

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Travelodge is looking seriously at prefab hotels and is building their first in the west London district of Uxbridge, right now. it is like a pop-up prefab:

“It could facilitate the creation of hotels on a temporary basis at times of peak demand in certain locations — such as festivals or sporting events,” the firm’s director of property and development Paul Harvey said. “A temporary structure to fill such a need would differ to the design of a permanent hotel but it could be built in as little as 12 weeks and removed quickly at the end of the event when the need is gone.”

According to Reuters, the modules were imported from China with bathrooms already installed, with windows fitted and furnishings and decorations added once the containers have been put together.

But for future hotels, the firm hopes even the furnishing and decoration could be done in China.

Travelodge says using the Chinese-built modules is 25 percent faster and 10 percent cheaper, making it a core part of their strategy to become the largest hotel operator in London by the 2012 Olympics.

The firms behind the modular design — Verbus Systems, a joint-venture between consulting engineers Buro Happold and constructor George & Harding — say the modular system could also be used for student accommodation and urban housing.

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Habode

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Habode buildings challenge everything we know about functionality and building techniques. They embrace innovation in design and construction, by using a blueprint that consistently produces exacting, high quality buildings without sacrificing aesthetics and style.

Much like modern manufacturing techniques used in the automotive industry, the Habode Prefab is constructed in a customised factory.

The principal advantage of prefabricated housing is that it potentially offers more for less:

  • More quality for less time at site
  • More tangible out comes and less risk
  • More energy efficiency for less resource

Once completed in our factory and utilising the patented Habode “fold-out” system, your Habode can be shipped and transported worldwide as in their shipping mode they are compliant with international shipping standards with respect to dimension and structural characteristics.

Once landed and trucked to your site this unit is positioned onto its foundations. This operation can be performed in eight hours provided weather is favourable. (Full completion within two days.)

All this ensures dramatic reductions in home building costs and waiting times without diminishing the quality of construction.

Technical benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Quality Controls
  • Factory Manufacture
  • Testing
  • Joint Minimisation
  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Eliminate Defects

Social benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Indoor Protection
  • Material and Tool Security
  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Machinery and Training Investment
  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Employment Stability

Economic benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Time Savings (30-60%)
  • Cost Savings
  • Reduced Dependance on Weather
  • Coordinated Trades In-House
  • Bulk ordering
  • Reduced Transport to site

Sustainability benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Reduced Material Waste
  • Increased Energy Efficiency
  • Less Disruption at Site

Why is Habode so different?

The ridged steel sub-frame not only ensures unsurpassed strength and exact dimensions but a structure that can withstand almost everything that man and nature can throw at it.

Habode was designed in New Zealand to suit the unique Australasian conditions. From extreme heat, torrential downpours and extreme winds, Habode buildings meet or surpass all New Zealand building codes.

The other benefit of Habode is the ability to reach difficult or remote sites. Habode really can make your home anywhere.

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R4House

The R4House prototype consists of two bioclimatic homes made from materials that close the loop. The energy consumption of both is zero due to its bioclimatic design, the solar panels and the geothermal energy source. The waste production during construction is also zero. Both homes are modular and built from six recycled shipping containers; low-cost and allowing flexibility. The 4 Rs stand for Reuse, Recover, Recycleand Reasoning with the latter being the most important says Garrido. “With the construction sector being very inert and sustainable architecture looking to establish itself, reasoning is required to redesign the construction process and lower its negative impact on the environment.” The construction materials as well as interior ones have been carefully chosen and are all recycled as well as recyclable.

The R4House is however not only ecological but also economical in terms of pricing. With the R4House, Garrido hopes to set an example for sustainable architecture in Spain and beyond.

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