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A post‐occupancy evaluation (POE) study of student accommodation in an MMC/modular building

Paddy T. McGrath (School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Marianne Horton (Barratts Developments, Coventry, UK)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 12 July 2011




The use of modern methods of construction (MMC) has been advocated as a way of addressing some of the criticisms of the construction industry made in the Latham and Egan reports. This paper seeks to examine the current position of accommodation that has been built using modern methods of construction (MMC) particularly, volumetric/modular construction.


A literature review is followed by a survey of student occupants of such accommodation in Nottingham.


The main finding was that students chose their accommodation because of its locality to the university and factors that relate to the construction type are not high priorities. The main concern of the residents in the student accommodation is intrusive noise, which may come from external unspecified sources that are not related to the residents in neighbouring rooms. A low level of dissatisfaction indicates that the majority of residents were satisfied living in MMC/Modular build accommodation.


Modular build accommodation, if built within the requirements of its residents, is a satisfactory form of construction for multi‐space accommodation that could be used for future multi‐occupational premises. Modern methods of construction could benefit the UK's construction industry.



McGrath, P.T. and Horton, M. (2011), "A post‐occupancy evaluation (POE) study of student accommodation in an MMC/modular building", Structural Survey, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 244-252.



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