Modular Construction Benefits London Student Accommodation
Unite Modular Solutions Ltd, industry leaders in volumetric modular construction, has helped develop an impressive new University accommodation complex in north London.
Using volumetric modular construction - the fast-track design and factory manufacture of volumetric units in the form of lightweight steel frame technology that are then joined together on site – Wedgewood Court in Islington is a building with a structural integrity deriving predominantly from the modules themselves, which enabled the manufacture and construction of the building.
Wedgewood Court has a total of 413 modules, consisting of 195 en-suite bedrooms and 39 kitchens and is a significant project for UMS as it showcased its ability to design, manufacture and install a module twice the size of a regular one to provide disabled access. This type of module is a forerunner for hotel-type units and is located on the top floor of the development. This project also benefitted from frameless lifting, which removed the requirement for heavy and expensive lifting tools.
The volumetric units, in addition to providing the structural integrity of the building, offer contractors the additional benefit of having all services incorporated, such as plumbing and electrics, ready for simple connection on site together with factory fitted room content including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, before students move in, making for more efficient construction and a tidier site.
Installation took just 11 weeks – a significantly shorter timescale than traditional build - showcasing the ability of volumetric modular construction to meet the restrictive time demands of taking a building from concept to completion by the start of each academic year.