Is this the future of building homes? Quite possibly. Modular construction is underway in a Shropshire factory to create a development of 249 homes for rent in south London.
Essential Living, a developer and operator of homes for rent, has announced an exclusive partnership with Elements Europe, a modular specialist, to deliver its Creekside Wharf scheme in Greenwich.
It is one the first build-to-rent schemes being built this way and each module can be completed within seven days.
Elements has a decade’s experience creating hotels, housing for sale and purpose built student housing and these new homes will be built at their 200,000 sq ft Telford factory, sending 632 modules to Creekside Wharf – at a rate of 20 a week – from February 2017.
The steel-framed modules will fit around the scheme’s concrete core. This gives the project lateral stability while the stacked modules carry its weight back to the ground – exactly the same as a conventional office block.
Elements uses traditional construction methods in a controlled factory environment where 60 per cent of the total work is carried out. It will halve the time spent on site to 32 weeks.
23 storeys tall, Creekside Wharf will be one of the tallest modular buildings in the UK.