Modular, or pre-fabricated, construction was popular in the early 20th century – over 500,000 pre-fab homes were sold from 1910 to 1940, but the method fell out of favour with architects and builders until recently.

Now there have been temporary and permanent buildings constructed this way including camps, classrooms, military housing and industrial facilities, as well as churches, clinics, hotels, sales offices, fast food outlets and cruise ship construction, especially in remote areas where conventional construction may not be possible.

Many now realise modular construction has benefits such as speed of development and cost savings, a smaller carbon footprint, less noise and vehicle pollution, although there are disadvantages including difficulties transporting larger completed sections.

Throughout Europe and the US modular construction is a growing trend in hospitality construction, such as the 255-unit Pod Brooklyn Hotel, recently erected with modular units made in Poland, and now major brands such as Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental and Marriott have endorsed its use.

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