Modular buildings are not a hypothetical fancy. Off-site construction – in which a building’s components or modules are constructed in a factory setting before being transported to site for assembly – has been happening around the world for some time now. But in recent times, it has been attracting a wave of interest and investment on the back of ambitions in the technological and economic environment. And the UK market is really starting to embrace these modern methods.
Shifting aspects of building activity away from traditional on-site processes to an off-site manufacturing-style production has a great number of benefits, as we have experienced on our recently completed student housing and residential apartment project Lewisham Exchange for Tide Construction, where JTP were involved from concept to completion. The project comprises two buildings at twenty and 35 storeys, providing 67 affordable apartments and 758 premium student residences with associated communal spaces for student activities and building management. It is currently the world’s tallest modular student accommodation building in the world.