The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Europe’s Largest Volumetric Residential Tower

Europe’s Largest Volumetric Residential Tower
18 October 2023
 

A new scheme in Croydon hopes to be Europe’s tallest residential tower to be completed using volumetric construction methods.

 

Watch the Video

 


 

College Road, Enclave, Croydon is a 50-storey, 163-metre-high build to rent development with 817 apartments, and is the first co-living asset to be approved by the Greater London Authority under the London Plan. The co-living spaces are being billed as alternatives to traditional flat shares, inspired by rental communities in countries such as the Netherlands and the USA. The apartments share kitchens as well as a gym, studio, spa, sky garden, wellbeing garden, sky library, co-working spaces, two podcast studios and a lobby lounge.

 

Image

Picture: the site's exterior. Image Credit: HTA

 

The interiors have been designed by London studio Tigg + Coll in collaboration with project architect HTA and Outpost Interiors.

 

Image

Picture: a photograph of one of the communal areas with comfy seating and tables. Image Credit: HTA

 

Simon Bayliss, Managing Partner at HTA Design, said: “Every aspect of the development was designed to offer residents the most liveable private space, while also having the free enjoyment of truly fantastic communal facilities.”

The development is also Europe’s tallest residential tower to be completed using volumetric construction methods. Until now this record had been held by another of Tide and HTA’s developments, neighbouring Ten Degrees, which includes a 135-metre tower and was completed in 2020.

 

What is Volumetric Construction?

 

Volumetric construction involves enclosed building modules that are constructed offsite, and then joined together to form one building. It’s a form of modular construction where all six sides of the module are enclosed: one floor, four walls and one ceiling. This type of building is suitable for confined sites, or where relocation might be necessary.

Manufacturer Vision worked with developer and contractor Tide and architect HTA Design to cut traditional construction time by up to 50 per cent. Vision’s offsite technology resulted in 73 per cent of the entire development’s floor plate being installed in 32 per cent of the programme, helping to achieve the 28-month schedule to delivery.

John Fleming, Chair of Tide and Vision, said: “It's fantastic to see this landmark development come to completion after only 28 months, two months ahead of schedule. College Road demonstrates the many benefits that come with building volumetric and its capacity to transform constrained sites into valuable real estate, most importantly, it has provided nearly 1,000 homes and a revitalised public realm for Londoners delivered in an efficient and sustainable way.”

Picture: a photograph showing the exterior of the tower, taken from the bottom. Image Credit: HTA

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 18 October 2023

Share



Related Articles

High Performing Buildings – January’s Roundup

The first high performing buildings roundup for 2024 features a £185 million student accommodation scheme, a Dubai "hypertower" and the UK’s first...

 Read Full Article
Foster + Partners Reveals New All-Electric New York Skyscraper

Foster + Partners have released CGIs of a new Park Avenue skyscraper. The 62-storey and 1.5 million sqft tower at 350 Park Avenue will feature green terraces and a...

 Read Full Article
New Images of London Skyscraper as Tall as The Shard

Plans for a London skyscraper as tall as The Shard have been officially submitted to the City of London Corporation, alongside new CGIs.   Watch the...

 Read Full Article
New Development Partner Needed for Limmo Peninsula in Newham

Transport for London’s commercial property arm is looking for a joint venture development partner to redevelop five hectares of land in East London. The Limmo...

 Read Full Article
Will Glasgow Adopt a Tall Buildings Policy?

Glasgow City Council is developing new planning guidance for tall buildings, to ensure that they meet design standards and do not spoil existing views. Council...

 Read Full Article
Office Building Made Entirely From Converted Shipping Containers

A new office building in Southampton Port has been constructed entirely out of converted shipping containers, saving around 40 per cent against the cost of a traditional...

 Read Full Article
Tackling the “Blandemic” in the Built Environment – Thomas Heatherwick Book Launch

ThisWeekinFM attended the much-anticipated launch of designer Thomas Heatherwick’s latest book, a manifesto on creating buildings that uplift and bring humanity to...

 Read Full Article
1 Undershaft – The London Skyscraper Set to be as Tall as The Shard

A development at 1 Undershaft in the City of London is set to be the same height as London’s tallest building: The Shard.   Watch the...

 Read Full Article
Michael Gove’s 72 Upper Ground Development Decision on Public Inquiry Delayed

The results of a public inquiry into the 72 Upper Ground redevelopment project at London’s South Bank have been delayed by two months. Mitsubishi Estate and...

 Read Full Article
Foster + Partners to Build Skyscrapers at Former Sainsbury’s HQ

A planning application has been submitted to transform the site of The Stamford Building at 18 Blackfriars Road. The plans, designed by Foster + Partners, include...

 Read Full Article