Final module craned into place on world’s tallest modular tower

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Tide Construction has craned the last of 1,526 modules into place on the world’s tallest modular tower in Croydon

On behalf of Henderson Park and Greystar, Tide Construction has installed the final modules on site in Croydon to create two modular towers measuring 44-storeys and 38-storeys.

The 135m scheme will house 546 build-to-rent homes that will be managed by Greystar.

Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are expected to complete the project in just over two years – half the time it would have taken using traditional methods of construction.

The two modular towers, which have been designed by HTA Design are set to be the tallest structures in the world to be built offsite using modular construction methods.

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John Fleming, chairman of Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems, commented: “While we’re proud to have delivered the world’s tallest modular tower, this isn’t about breaking records, but finding innovative ways to build better, sustainable homes, more quickly.

“There is a critical window for the planning system to encourage more factory-built homes. Using a production line can offer far greater certainty around quality and cost.

“What we, as developers, need is far greater certainty from the planning system itself – ideally with a presumption in favour of consent where a scheme meets the main demands around size and use.”

Christy Hayes, CEO of Tide Construction, added: “Construction of the towers began in February 2018 after planning consent was gained back in November 2017. From there, the 1,526 modules were stacked on top of a concrete podium linking both towers at ground floor level.

“Once the concrete cores of the two towers were complete, Vision Modular Systems’ pre-fitted, pre-plumbed and pre-wired modules began arriving on site. We successfully installed the last module in just 35 weeks – 3 weeks ahead of an already tight schedule – after the first was craned into place.

“As we reach this exciting milestone, already 80% of the glazed terracotta façade has also been completed.”

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