Buildings have been built in one
place and reassembled in another
Possibly the ﬁrst
house was the
A London carpenter,
constructed a house
that was built in
assembled by British
The peak year for the
portable buildings to
Australia was 1853,
when several hundred
These have been
identiﬁed as coming
from Liverpool, Boston
and Singapore (with
In Barbados the Chattel house was
a form of prefabricated building
which was developed by
emancipated slaves who had
limited rights to build upon land
they did not own.
As the buildings were
moveable they were
legally regarded as
In 1855 during the Crimean War,
after Florence Nightingale wrote a
letter to The Times, Isambard
Kingdom Brunel was
commissioned to design a
prefabricated modular hospital.
In ﬁve months he
designed a 1,000
patient hospital, with
and a ﬂushing toilet.
The world's ﬁrst prefabricated,
pre-cast paneled apartment blocks
were pioneered in Liverpool.
A process was invented by city
engineer John Alexander Brodie,
whose inventive genius also had
him inventing the football goal net.
The tram stables at Walton in
Liverpool followed in 1906.
The idea was not extensively
adopted in Britain, however was
widely adopted elsewhere,
particularly in Eastern Europe.
During the Gold Rush
required due to time
homes were in high
Prefab kits were produced in order for Californian
prospectors to cater to the high demand of quick
Prefabricated housing was popular
during World War II due to the need
for mass accommodation for
The United States used Quonset
huts as military buildings, and in the
United Kingdom prefabricated
buildings used included Nissen huts
and Bellman Hangars.
for their buildings, and
set a record of
constructing a building
and opening for
business within 13
hours on pre-prepared
In the UK, the major supermarkets have each
developed a modular unit system to shop building,
based on the systems developed by German cost
retailers Aldi and Netto.
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