World’s tallest modular housing scheme completed in Croydon


The world’s tallest modular housing scheme, reaching a height of 135m has opened in Croydon, London

The modular building, Ten Degrees Croydon sets new standards of design quality and construction efficiency for high-rise living in urban centres.

Reaching a height of 135m, the project delivers 546 homes within a pair of 38 and 44-storey towers.

The design draws heavily on the heritage of the local mid-century buildings, including Richard Seifert’s No1 Croydon.

‘A new benchmark in the potential of modular construction’

Realising a building of this scale and quality at speed required innovation in every aspect of design and construction, from the extensive use of virtual reality and 3D printing for rapid prototyping at planning through to the angled modular façade and large-format glazed terracotta diamonds, which respond to orientation and aspect to create the distinctive architecture.


HTA began work on the concept in February 2017, gaining detailed consent before the end of the year.

HTA, developer and contractor Tide Construction, and manufacturing company Vision Modular Systems worked together to hand over Ten Degrees Croydon in just 39 months.

Modular construction also resulted in a 40% reduction in embodied carbon compared to traditional construction methods, with a significant reduction in waste, and improved quality control to ensure higher performance through operation.

Simon Bayliss, managing partner at HTA Design, said: “Ten Degrees defines a new benchmark in the potential of modular construction to deliver more, better-designed homes, in buildings of the highest architectural quality with world-leading engineering.”


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