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Rebecca Wayman

'World's tallest' modular towers reach construction milestone in Croydon

Developer, Tide Construction has unveiled the world’s tallest modular towers in Croydon, completing their core structures.

Its offsite company, Vision Modular, is to install the fully-fitted modules around the concrete cores, using one of the most modern and robust off-site construction systems.

The two towers at 101 George Street will be the tallest structures to be built off-site using modular construction methods, and will reach heights of 44 and 38 storeys.

The development, which has been forward-funded by Greystar and Henderson Park, will be operated by Greystar and will offer 546 high quality homes for rent within the Build-to-Rent market, providing residents with shared amenities, a professional management team and a 24/7 on-site service.

The short construction process, of just over two years, is made possible through Tide Construction’s efficient delivery.

This is compounded with the modules being manufactured in the Vision Modular Systems’ Bedford factory, and then transported on-site.

Designed by HTA Design, the building is also set to benefit residents and the local community, with amenities from winter gardens, an art gallery, an incubator hub for local businesses and an on-site café.

Christy Hayes, CEO of Tide Construction, said: “We are very pleased with the progress we are making in building the world’s tallest modular towers.

“We are delivering the development according the set time scales, offering much needed project certainty to our clients. Completing the concrete cores means that we are ready for the next stage of the project, by bringing the first module onsite in Croydon.

“The modules are built in our factory in Bedford, undergoing strict quality controls, and will create high quality homes to rent for Londoners.”

Tide Construction currently has 1,500 residential units under construction across the Greater London area. Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are also working in partnership with Greystar on the first phase of the Greenford Build-to-Rent scheme in Ealing, whereby they are delivering 400 homes within an 18 months programme.

They have recently completed a 100-unit apartment building for Pocket Living in Wandsworth, Mapleton Crescent, which was developed on a constrained urban site, and are currently delivering a 120-unit modular, residential scheme for Pocket in Ealing.

Councillor Paul Scott, cabinet lead for regeneration and planning at Croydon Council, added: “We are excited to see the delivery of the world’s tallest modular towers progressing so fast, getting closer to offering much needed quality homes, including affordable properties, to rent in our borough.

“The two towers delivered will make a great contribution to our local economy and community, while enhancing Croydon town centre’s urban landscape with great architecture and design.

“We are looking forward to seeing the next steps and the first modules to arrive onsite in Croydon.”

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