The scheme (pictured above) – which was brought forward for development due to the use of modular construction methods – was built in just nine months, ensuring that it was completed in time for the first students moving in for the 2018/19 academic year.
The development is located on a long, narrow plot of land – next to Holloway Road tube station – which is partially owned by Transport for London (TfL).
Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems worked in close collaboration with TfL to deliver the scheme along with property company Greystar, who’s student housing brand Chapter will operate the building.
Holloway Road site in December 2017
Christy Hayes, CEO at Tide Construction, said that modular construction was increasingly being favoured for development on tight urban sites due to the many benefits it brings.
“Many of the smaller sites in cities like London are too restricted for traditional construction methods to be successfully applied.
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“This has created a huge opportunity for systems like ours, which use off-site manufacturing facilities to help minimise the disruption to the local area.
“The success of the scheme and the speed of development highlights the potential of modular construction for restricted urban sites.
“Working closely with Transport for London, we were able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity and ensure that only a minimal impact was made to those wishing to use the tube to travel across the capital.”
Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, added: “Working in collaboration with Tide Construction and Vision Modular Housing, using part of our land next to Holloway Road tube station, we have been able to provide housing that the capital desperately needs, while raising vital revenue that can be reinvested in the transport network.
“This project shows how the industry can use fresh and innovative approaches to unlock complex, challenging sites, which might otherwise be impossible to deliver using conventional methods of construction, and ensure that any impact on those travelling across London is kept to a minimum.”