Planning consent for world's tallest modular development

HTA has gained unanimous planning permission for two of the tallest modular towers in the world, to be constructed by Tide & Vision Modular.

The towers set for 101 George Street, Croydon, will be the world’s tallest structures to have been built off-site using modular construction, a method providing a much faster alternative to traditional construction, without compromising on the quality of the building or the versatility of the design.

The 38-storey and 44-storey towers, scaling 135 metres and providing 546 new homes have been designed specifically for rent and will be professionally managed onsite offering residents a 24/7 service.

Residents, and the local community, will benefit from a range of amenities including winter gardens, an art gallery, an incubator hub for local businesses and an on-site café. Furthermore, each tower will contain gyms, club rooms and garden terraces.

Tide Construction, their associate company Vision Modular Systems and held the record for Europe’s tallest modular tower with their student accommodation scheme in Wembley, Apex House. With a height of 90-metres and built using 679 modules, the 29-storey project was completed in 12 months.

101 George Street will exceed Apex House by 15 storeys and is due to start onsite before Christmas. The scheme will be delivered in 24 months, from construction starting, to residents moving in to their new homes.

As well as reducing disruption for locals, modular construction creates huge value for investors as it means apartments can be rented out much earlier than if they were built using conventional methods. The modules that make up the towers are constructed offsite in a controlled factory environment to ensure a higher quality finish, with 80 per cent less waste, fewer onsite workers and greater certainty on costs and time.

The scheme will be made from nearly 1500 modules that are manufactured and installed by Vision Modular Systems from their purpose-built manufacturing facility in Bedford, where the majority of the fit out is installed including electrics and plumbing before the module is transported to the site. This approach saves vital time during the construction process, dramatically reduces onsite waste and lessens the demand for labour onsite.

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