Pocket to build Europe’s tallest modular housing tower

8th November 2016

London housing developer Pocket has started work on the tallest residential tower in Europe to be built using modular construction methods.

The affordable housing scheme on Mapleton Crescent in Wandsworth has a development value of £39.8m, is comprised of 89 units, and rises to 26 storeys.

Flats at the development will be assembled in factories before being transported to the site and installed with cranes.

Modular construction is expected to reduce the typical construction time for the tower by six months and see the project completed in summer 2018.

The site will feature 53 affordable flats, to be sold at a discount of at least 20% to local first time buyers, and 36 private flats.

Marc Vlessing, chief executive at Pocket, said: “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.”

“To increase the number of modular developments constructed we need to find ways to support SME builders who are able to respond to local need and build 100 to 200 homes at a time.”

Source: Property Week, 08/11/16 – click to read full article.