Project
Apex House
Location
Wembley, Brent
Client
Tide
Accommodation
560 student rooms
Planning authority
London Borough of Brent
Started
2016
Completed
2017
Awards:
Winner, Offsite Awards: Best use of volumetric - Apex House, Wembley
Winner, Offsite Awards: Offsite Professional of the Year
Best Residential High Rise Development
Winner, Offsite Awards: Offsite Professional of the Year
Winner, Offsite Manufacture Awards: Housing Project of the Year
Winner, Building Awards: Offsite of the Year – Apex 2018
Highly Commended, Student Accommodation Awards: Private Halls of Residence (London) of the Year – Apex 2017
Shortlist, WAN Awards: Best MMC Project – Apex 2017
Shortlist, Offsite Awards: Housing Project of the Year – Apex House 2016
Shortlist, Offsite Awards: Best Use of Concrete – Apex House 2016
Shortlist, Offsite Awards: Best Use of Steel – Apex House 2016

Apex House in Wembley, London is the tallest modular building in Europe at 29 stories of self-supporting modules. Constructed using the Vision Modular Structures modules In record time for the student intake of September 2017, the building was begun and completed in a twelve month period.

The modules are made from steel frames and a concrete floor and fully finished internally when delivered.  They are connected to each other and to the slip-formed concrete core after being craned into position.

The building creates an ‘L’ shape of two flanking wings creating a street frontage to Albion Way and Fulton Road and linking in with the neighbouring buildings. The corner forms a landmark tower, and contains the single lift and stair core serving the building.

The building creates a variety of room types and shapes suitable for different students including wheelchair units, and a variety of shared social spaces including a café and a ground level courtyard to allow for relaxation, social interaction and group study.

The façade is finished with terracotta tiling with aluminium cladding infill panels for the flanking wings and polished Glass-Reinforced Concrete with aluminium cladding infill panels for the tower. The colours of the wings blend in with the neighbouring buildings, and the tower is a dramatic white that accentuates its verticality. Housing 558 student rooms, the building is already a local landmark signposting the corner of Fulton Road and Empire Way. 

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