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Super Modular? Super Tower Takes Shape

April 24th, 2017 Comments off
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The Apex Tower. Credit: Construction News UK.

In the U.K., modular housing continues to gain steam as a practical solution to the nation’s growing housing crisis.

But in Wembley, just north of London it’s being taken to a whole new level.

According to Construction News UK, Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems have put the final piece in place for the 29-story Apex House Tower, which has 560 student rooms, utilizing 679 modular units. or modules.

We are delighted that both the housing minister Gavin Barwell and London mayor Sadiq Khan have made off-site construction a priority in the capital to help ease the strain on London’s housing supply,” said Tide Construction CEO Christy Hayes.

Modular construction provides a much faster alternative to traditional construction without compromising on the quality of the building, or the versatility of the design. Modular produces 80 per cent less waste, requires fewer onsite workers and provides certainty of cost and time.”

The modular units were produced at Vision Modular Systems’ factory, and were delivered with full kitchens and bathrooms. Both companies expect the build out of Apex House Tower to be completed by the time the new school year begins in September.

The project represents the fourth endeavor for Vision Modular Systems and Tide Construction in London.

As Daily Business News recently covered here, Vision Modular Systems has also been very active on the U.K. affordable housing scene, including a partnership with construction firm Donban Contracting, has completed two finished blocks of modular housing, and turned them over to Pocket Living, an affordable housing provider that only sells to first-time buyers.

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A prefab home in progress on site. Credit: Reuters.

Partnering with Pocket Living on multiple projects has allowed us to deliver vital new housing for first-time buyers and key workers who underpin the very fabric of our cities,” said Kieran White, managing director at Vision Modular Systems.

Traditional site built developments of this scale in the U.K. can take up to two years to complete, putting additional pressure on housing inventory. Modular provides a practical solution to the problem.

Getting high-quality homes built quickly is key to solving the housing crisis. Modular techniques will play an increasingly important role in meeting this challenge and, through our partnership with Donban and Vision Modular, over a quarter of Pocket’s future pipeline will be built through modular construction,” said Marc Vlessing, chief executive of Pocket Living.

For more on modular housing in the U.K., including major builders making moves into the modular space, click here. ##

 

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Modular Housing Serves as Affordable Housing Solution

March 29th, 2017 Comments off
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The trend of municipalities turning to manufactured and modular homes as a solution to housing shortages continues to grow.

In the U.K., recently completed modular housing developments have been slated to serve first time homebuyers and workers in South London.

According to 24 Housing, Vision Modular Systems, in partnership with construction firm Donban Contracting, has completed two finished blocks of modular housing, and turned them over to Pocket Living, an affordable housing provider that only sells to first-time buyers.

Partnering with Pocket Living on multiple projects has allowed us to deliver vital new housing for first-time buyers and key workers who underpin the very fabric of our cities,said Kieran White, managing director at Vision Modular Systems.

Built using 162 modules, the homes were constructed inside a factory in Bedford using production-line techniques, which, as Daily Business News readers are already aware, allows for better quality control, faster delivery, reduction of waste and contributes to  higher levels of energy efficiency.

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A prefab home in progress on site. Credit: Reuters.

All of the buildings that Pocket Living operates are community focused, with shared spaces, including roof terraces. Tim Western, a director at U.K. property giant JLL, who believes modular is the way forward, has proposed a similar plan.

Off-site construction in the UK is growing 25 percent per year. This technique results in a 30 percent reduction in build time, a 75 percent reduction in workforce and 40 percent less vehicle movements, meaning that modular housing is likely to drive a huge change in how homes get built over the next five years, said Western.

Homes manufactured like cars, in other words off-site in a factory, with the opportunity to pick and choose what goes into a basic structure, will bring ‘car quality’ to the market.

Traditional site built developments of this scale in the U.K. can take up to two years to complete, putting additional pressure on housing inventory. Modular provides a practical solution to the problem.

Getting high-quality homes built quickly is key to solving the housing crisis. Modular techniques will play an increasingly important role in meeting this challenge and, through our partnership with Donban and Vision Modular, over a quarter of Pocket’s future pipeline will be built through modular construction,” said Marc Vlessing, chief executive of Pocket Living.

For modular to really take off as a viable construction method, the government and lenders should look at making it easier for SMEs to access the working capital needed to take advantage of its benefits.

For more on modular housing in the U.K., including major builders making moves into the modular space, click here. ##

 

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From Factory Floor to Finished Flat: Modular Homes Seen as Key Housing Shortage

August 23rd, 2016 Comments off

UK_Greenwich_apts_23_story_modular_apartment_bldg_by_Elements postedDAilyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHProNews has learned from telegraph.co.uk that modular construction of homes in the United Kingdom (UK) may be key to hit their government’s target of constructing 200,000 homes per year to alleviate the severe housing shortage, and attain the one million mark by 2020. Last year only 142,890 homes were built in the UK.

A survey of 230 home builders revealed 67 percent agreed that off-site construction will play an important role in new home supply.

At the Elements factory in Telford, Shropshire, workers are making modules that will comprise a 23-story high rise for Greenwich, in southeast London. Each module requires seven days to complete—including electrical and plumbing, furnishings, everything down to coat hooks and soap dish—and on the eighth day it is ready to be transported to the site and craned into place.

Mark Farmer, founder of advisory group Cast, estimates that just 15,000 homes are constructed off-site a year, but large companies entering the market, such as Legal & General, and Laing O’Rourke indicate the landscape for modular home building is rapidly expanding.

With 20 modules arriving each week at Greenwich, 632 of the units will be stacked on top of each other, plugged into a concrete core. Each apartment is comprised of two or three modules, which can be built as large as necessary, providing they can be lorried (trucked) to the site.

Workers of all trades assemble up to 700 homes per year at Elements’ 200,000 sq ft facility.

Fully computerized and automated, Legal & Guardian’s 500,000 sq ft site, which will open later this month at Leeds, will be able to produce 3,000 homes per year. James Lidgate, head of housing at L&G, noting the factory does not require the same skill level as Elements, said, “It is much more akin to the manufacture of cars on a production line.”

Farmer said building modular homes is a means of meeting housing goals given the skills shortage, a shortage that is likely to increase because of a lower reliance on EU labor, after Brexit. “The amount we build with the labour we have needs to improve,” says Farmer. “Productivity has been pretty poor, and we have built in the same way for the last 50-100 years. To offset the critical shortage of labour we need to change the way we construct – and that’s with modular.”

Institutional investors funding off-site construction works best as the private rental sector grows, because the modules are made on a large scale, designs can be repeated, and rental income can come in much quicker because of the six month advantage over site-built housing. Additionally, repeated designs can become increasingly cost effective. This makes off-site methods financially more sound.

Barriers to entering the market are rather high because of the investment required, an investment that stick-built homes do not require. While site-built builders talk about getting into the factory-built homes market, they could just as easily say, according to James Lidgate, head of housing at L&G, “Why invest thousands in a factory when you don’t need to?”

CEO Marc Vlessing of Pocket Living says modular cuts building time by a third, waste is reduced by 90 percent, and is less disruptive in tight urban areas resulting in 60 percent less truck movements. Saying “it is a crucial technology that we should be deploying,” he adds, “We need the right manufacturers to gain widespread support so consumers and lenders can have complete confidence on the quality of the end product.”

As American factory home builders consider the numbers being considered in England, here in the U.S., manufactured housing may hit some 80,000 homes (+/-) in 2016, and markedly fewer single family modular homes are currently being bulit. Upside domestic potential, anyone? ##

(Rendering credit:telegraph.co.uk/Elements–23-story modular Greenwich apartment building going up in south east London)

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