Event Organiser: ICE

Modular buildings: Facts, fiction & the future, Cardiff


  • Lecture
  • Cardiff
  • 01 April 2020
  • 17:30 - 19:30
Swansea University – Y-Twyni

About this event

Event cancelled

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled due to coronavirus risks.

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Backed by the Government, modular buildings are offered as the magic bullet to push the construction industry into the 21st century.

During the presentation we will unravel the advantages promised by this building method and ask whether factory-built buildings deserve to lose their unfortunate reputation.

We will go back to 1066, the time of the first recorded modular buildings, then look at the various forms they have taken since, as well as looking at recent projects in the UK and overseas.

Then, we’ll briefly look at the health, safety and welfare implications, as well as potential cost/time savings (although no crass statistics), and importantly some basic design principles.

The evening will finish with a glance at modular’s future – what’s next and how does offsite fit into the demands of the future?

Light refreshments will be served at 17.30, before the lecture, which will start at 18.00


Ben Wernick

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Ben is the Managing Director of Wernick Construction, a Director of Wernick Buildings, and the Wernick Group Health Safety and Environmental Director.

After graduation, Ben joined the British Army and commissioned into the Corp of Royal Engineers, during 14 years of service, he completed three operational tours of Afghanistan, and led infrastructure projects in the Falklands Islands and in Kenya. Ben retired as a Major in April 2016.

On completion of a military career, he started his second career within the Wernick Group. The company was started by Ben’s great grandad, Samuel Wernick, a Polish Jew, who came over the UK at the turn of the 20th Century. The company started from humble beginnings and is now the largest independent modular company within the UK.

Ben read Civil Engineering at Surrey University, and during his military career completed an MSc in Military Engineering.

Ben is married to Claire, and they have three young daughters. In his spare time (0500-0645) Ben a keen ultra-marathon runner can be found planning his days whilst running up and down the local hills.


Cardiff University School of Engineering
Prince Philp Lecture Theatre (N4/07)
The Parade
Cardiff CF24 3AA
United Kingdom
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For more information please contact:

Felicity White

e: [email protected]