UK developer Tide Construction has secured planning permission to build the tallest modular development in the world – a twin-tower scheme of build-to-rent flats – in Croydon, south London.
The company will deliver the project using Vision Modular Systems (VMS), its offsite manufacturing system.
With funding from investor Greystar, Tide Construction plans to build the 44-storey and 38-storey project on the site of former Essex House at 101 George Street near East Croydon station.
The twin towers, which will reach a high point of 135 metres, have been designed specifically for rent.
The 546-unit scheme has been designed by architect HT Design and will be worth more than £150m.
The project includes winter gardens, incubator hub for local businesses, art gallery, gyms, club rooms, onsite cafe and garden terraces.
The project requires nearly 1,500 modules, which will be built at Vision’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in Bedford.
Most of the fit-out is installed, including electrics and plumbing, at the Bedford facility before being transported to the site.
The company said work on the project will start before Christmas and will be delivered in 24 months.
A 32-storey block in New York is currently the tallest prefabricated building in the world.
Tide Construction, a development and contracting company, has completed several projects using the VMS, which delivered factory-built homes for Pocket and Greystar.
Tide claims that its modular-based building programme results in a 60% time saving compared with conventional methods.
The company has developed the 558-room 28-storey Apex House in Wembley, currently the tallest modular tower in London, in less than a year.
Tide Construction CEO Christy Hayes said: “This project is a huge milestone for both us as a company and for modular developments as an innovative, modern method of construction.
“This development emphasises the true potential of modular construction as a genuine solution to the UK’s housing crisis, where high-quality homes can be delivered at pace in sought-after urban areas.”