Experience of off site modular construction delivers another successful project
Working closely with Pocket Living, HKR has designed and delivered three new residential developments.
Juxon Street, Sail Street and Mountearl Gardens are a direct response to the Governments recent announcement that more homes should be built using the modular housing concept to meet the housing shortage.
“As a practice we have been involved in the modular housing concept for nearly ten years and through our work with developers such as Pocket Living, we have perfected our design methods to deliver a product which is architecturally appealing but has the ability to be built at a reduced budget and quicker than traditional build.” Commented Geoff Brocklehurst, Director of HKR Architects.
The development, built on a redundant single storey garage site off Mountearl Gardens in Streatham Hill, was designed to create a domestic scaled, elegantly proportioned and visually interesting building, which can be built quicker and result in a higher quality finish.
The scheme was delivered in BIM, greatly facilitating the manufacture process. HKR was able to directly share and develop the building model with the fabrication team, testing build-ability, coordination, and improving cost certainty and programme. Using BIM at the appropriate level of detail ensured a greater accuracy, mitigating the risk of on-site discrepancies and ensuring greater quality off-site fabrication.
The modules were completely finished internally in the factory with some minor finishing once on site. They were delivered complete with windows, doors, insulation, plumbing, wiring and ducting. Upon delivery they were then slotted into place as final services were connected on site.
Modern methods of construction (MMC) resulted in significantly less disruption to local residents - 60% fewer trucks coming to site and 90% less waste. It is also estimated that MMC reduced the project time by six months. However, this hasn’t meant an adverse impact on quality; Pocket’s high build and sustainability standards are always maintained.
HKR is currently working on two other Pocket Living projects, Juxon Street and Sail Street, both scheduled to finish in the first quarter of 2017. Identical modules have been created across the three projects, but are designed and assembled to create three distinctly different schemes. The sites are constructed concurrently, requiring additional coordination to ensure factory slots, delivery and sequencing across all sites is meeting programme.
HKR Architects has a track-record of delivering significant residential-led mixed-use projects both locally and internationally and have delivered over £5bn of residential development in the last 10 years, amounting to over 18,000 units including around 3,000 units using MMC’s, including volumetric methodologies. HKR is one of a small number of practices with the working knowledge and practical experience to develop deliverable modular solutions.