Accommodating businesses with MPBA


Formed in 1938, the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA) promotes and markets volumetric modular buildings for use in the construction, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. The Association acts as a single body and represents manufacturers, refurbishment companies and retail and hire business specialising in modular buildings.

MPBA works with BRE, CLG, LABC, NHS, H&S Exec, Carbon Trust and CSkills-CITB, has several published Codes of Practice and also works very closely with Government bodies to represent the needs of the industry.

The Association hold regular meetings to keep members updated on the latest industry developments and their main aim is to continually improve the perception of modular buildings and their benefits to end users.

MPBA Ltd Chief Executive, Jackie Maginnis, said:

“The MPBA members manufacture buildings that provide businesses with much needed space. Modular buildings can be supplied in a variety of shapes and sizes and can also be installed to make an existing site become a much larger development.


“The buildings are airtight and energy efficient, and with bespoke designs to suit all types of client they can meet the requirements of any business.

“There’s a misconception that modular and portable buildings are manufactured solely for use in the construction industry and that’s something that just isn’t true. The quality and performance of modular buildings has encouraged other sectors to start using them and the education and healthcare sectors are currently the two biggest markets.

“Modular buildings offer businesses instant accommodation that can last in excess of 20 years and some of projects can be completed in just 12 weeks from start to finish. In some cases – particularly within the education sector – module classrooms can be on sites within days from existing stock holdings.”


Modular buildings are purpose-built structures that are suitable for a range of uses, including classrooms and office spaces. All of the modules are produced as whole units, with most of the internal equipment – including meeting rooms, kitchens, laboratories and toilets – fitted during the manufacturing process. Buildings can be designed to meet individual budgets and can be installed quickly. As the buildings are manufactured in a controlled environment, all of the structures are built to the highest standards which ultimately save money and reduce waste.

In addition to offering quick installation, certain types of modular buildings can be easily removed and relocated to a new site, providing clients with a fantastic investment for their business.

Jackie Maginnis said:

“A lot of commercial buildings benefit from the use of modular and portable buildings, as companies don’t always have the funds available to invest in the construction of a brand new building in order to meet their needs.

“MPBA member companies make it easy for these businesses to create new working areas within an existing facility. This means that they don’t have to relocate to new premises if their business has outgrown their current home.

“Many major companies use modular buildings to solve their space shortage problems, and this has helped them to expand their businesses when the time is right for them.”

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Garic Ltd

For over 30 years Garic Ltd has specialised in the manufacture, sale and hire of plant, welfare and service equipment for use in the construction, road and rail industry. Garic Ltd acts as a one-stop shop for on-site equipment, including specialist wheel washing solutions and fuel tanks and specialises in the provision of self-contained static and portable cabins.

Garic Ltd Sales & Marketing Manager, Steve Booth, said:

“Unlike some companies that set up large static cabins we operate small self-contained satellite offices and cabins which can be set up at different locations around a site. These cabins stop construction crews from having to travel across the site, wasting time and money.

“We’ve previously been involved with many high profile projects including the Olympic Park, Heathrow Terminal 5, the M1 and M25 widening schemes and Scout Moor wind farm.”

Steve Booth added:

“We like to build lasting relationships with our customers and this is something we’re very proud of.

“We never look at the short-term gain we prefer to focus on the long-term benefits and that’s why we benefit from a lot of repeat business.”

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