Modular student homes scheme completed in record time


Tide Construction and their offsite manufacturing company, Vision Modular Systems, have completed Chapter Highbury II, a 257-bed modular student homes scheme in London

The 700 sqm site was able to be brought forward for development due to the use of innovative modular construction methods and was built in record-breaking time of nine months, ensuring that it was delivered in time for the first students moving in for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Tide Construction used their award-winning methods to build a modular scheme on this site and, by using their pioneering techniques the project has overcome space constraints with minimal disruption to the local area.

The development is located on a long, narrow site of land next Holloway Road Tube station which is partially owned by Transport for London (TfL), and is also on one of London’s designated priority “Red Routes”.

Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems had to work in close collaboration with TfL. The site was also situated close by to Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates, so it was vital that the development did not affect the fans wanting to make their way to watch their team play at home.


The development is comprised of 308 modules that were manufactured using production-line techniques in Vision’s Bedford factory. After a rigorous quality control process, each module was then transported to the site in Holloway Road before being craned carefully into place.

“Modular construction is increasingly being favoured for development on tight urban sites due to the many benefits it brings”, said Christy Hayes, CEO of Tide Construction.

“Many of the smaller sites in cities like London are too restricted for traditional construction methods to be successfully applied. This has created a huge opportunity for systems like ours, which use offsite manufacturing facilities to help minimise the disruption to the local area.

“The success of the scheme and the speed of development highlights the potential of modular construction for restricted urban sites. Working closely with Transport for London, we were able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity and ensure that only a minimal impact was made to those wishing to use the Tube to travel across the capital,” Hayes added.

Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development at Transport for London, said: “Working in collaboration with Tide Construction and Vision Modular Housing, using part of our land next to Holloway Road Tube station, we have been able to provide housing that the capital desperately needs, while raising vital revenue that can be reinvested in the transport network.

“This project shows how the industry can use fresh and innovative approaches to unlock complex, challenging sites, which might otherwise be impossible to deliver using conventional methods of construction, and ensure that any impact on those travelling across London is kept to a minimum.”

Chapter Highbury II will be the 3rd scheme that Vision’s modular techniques have delivered for Chapter, and their 10th student scheme in London.

Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are active in the residential market with over 1,300 apartments currently under construction, and many other sites under advanced negotiations, illustrating this form of construction has become mainstream.

They have recently commenced their George Street project in Croydon, south London which has a total construction programme of just over 2 years.  Upon completion, Tide Construction will deliver the tallest modular towers in the world, reaching 38 and 44 storeys, and offering 550 homes for private rent.


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