Construction has started on Europe’s tallest modular, residential tower.
The 26 storey tower, located in Wandsworth, London, will be built entirely from modular units.
Property developer Pocket said that modular techniques would be used to build completed flats for the Mapleton Crescent development. The flats will be assembled in factories before being transported to the site and installed with cranes.
Pocket said that the use of modular construction on the site would shave around six months off the tower’s total build time and see the project completed in summer 2018. It said that if scaled up more widely, modular construction could increase the number of houses available and help tackle London’s housing crisis.
“If we’re able to scale up modular construction it has the potential to help solve London’s housing crisis. Factory built modular homes are quicker to build than conventional buildings and result in significantly less disruption to local residents – with 60% fewer trucks coming to sites and 90% less waste,” said Pocket chief executive Marc Vlessing.
“To increase the number of modular developments constructed, we need to find ways to support SME [small and medium-sized enterprise] builders who are able to respond to local need and build 100 to 200 homes at a time.”