Designed by multidisciplinary practice HTA Design LLP, the record-breaking Apex House is a new student housing development that rises to the height of 29 storeys.
Completed in 12 months, the modular high-rise makes use of advanced prefabrication techniques and boasts energy-saving systems to achieve a BREEAM (UK: (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of Excellent.
Developed by Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems, the Apex House comprises 679 modules with over 580 rooms set to be ready for students to move into in northern hemisphere’s autumn. The modules were prefabricated in Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems’ factory 60 miles away in Bedford with key furnishings, windows, electric wiring, and plumbing installed before arriving at site.
The modules were stacked to a height of 90 metres in just 13 weeks.
“Modular construction provides a much faster alternative to traditional construction without compromising on the quality of the building, or the versatility of the design,” said Christy Hayes, chief executive officer at Tide Construction, according to WAN. “Modular produces 80% less waste, requires fewer onsite workers and provides certainty of cost and time. Apex House is a shining example of what modular construction can bring to UK property, whether its hotels, residential apartments, build to rent or student accommodation.”
The Apex House is the second tallest modular building in the world.■
Apex House will be built with 679 separate modules.