Thursday, October 31, 2019

Final Module Arrives to Complete World’s Tallest Modular Building

The last module from Vision Modular Systems has arrived to complete the world’s tallest modular residential building in south London. The 44-story tower will deliver 546 rental properties, and took just 35 weeks to complete – half the time it would take using traditional methods.

Developer Tide Construction, which is developing the project on behalf of Henderson Park and Greystar, last week craned into place the last of 1,526 modules which have been assembled on site in Croydon to create two towers measuring 44-stories and 38-stories.

John Fleming, Chairman of Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems, said: “While we’re proud to have delivered the world’s tallest modular tower, this isn’t about breaking records, but finding innovative ways to build better, sustainable homes, more quickly. There is a critical window for the planning system to encourage more factory-built homes. Using a production line can offer far greater certainty around quality and cost. What we, as developers, need is far greater certainty from the planning system itself – ideally with a presumption in favor of consent where a scheme meets the main demands around size and use.”

The 450' project – equivalent to the London Eye – will house 546 ‘Build to Rent’ homes that will be managed by Greystar. By manufacturing the buildings inside a controlled factory environment, together Tide and Vision Modular Systems, Tide’s offsite manufacturing company, will complete the project in just over two years – half the time it would have taken using traditional methods of construction.

Vision Modular Systems’ factory, in Bedford, just outside of London, manufactures apartments on a production line, assembling fully completed modules. The modules are fully completed internally – including kitchens and bathrooms – and are then transported to site. All of the apartments that roll off the production line are fully certified and accredited, backed by the UK’s leading certification bodies, to ensure that every home is fundable, mortgageable and insurable.

Christy Hayes, CEO of Tide Construction, said: “Construction of the towers began in February 2018 after planning consent was gained back in November 2017. From there, the 1,526 modules were stacked on top of a concrete podium linking both towers at ground floor level. Once the concrete cores of the two towers were complete, Vision Modular Systems’ pre-fitted, pre-plumbed and pre-wired modules began arriving on site.

“We successfully installed the last module in just 35 weeks – 3 weeks ahead of an already tight schedule – after the first was craned into place. As we reach this exciting milestone, already 80% of the glazed terracotta facade has also been completed.”

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