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Modules speed up £9m student complex in half time

PUBLISHED: 16:54 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:58 05 October 2010

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BUILDERS are using a large crane to install ready-made bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms in East London’s newest student tower complex. The 10-storey John Bell House at Shadwell is being put together using a fast track’ modular technique to complete the £9 million scheme in half the time it would take for a conventional building

BUILDERS are using a large crane to install ready-made bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms in East London’s newest student tower complex.

The 10-storey John Bell House at Shadwell is being put together using a fast track’ modular technique by contractors to complete the £9 million scheme in half the time it would take for a conventional building.

Morgan Ashurst contractors are installing 152 building modules’ at King David Lane which come complete with furnishings including fitted carpets, curtains and furniture.

“This is challenging because modular construction needs an extremely high level of precision,” explained project manager Matthew Thomas.

“We had a margin for error of only 1mm, which is a fine level of tolerance—normally, that can be up to 25mm.”

The huge interior sections were assembled at a specialist factory in Gloucestershire and transported to the Shadwell site close to the Thames waterfront, with one floor at a time being worked on until the structure reaches the top later this month.

The tower is being built for the Unite Group which specialises in student accommodation for universities and colleges. Most will be taken up by the London Metropolitan University at Whitechapel.

Previous projects for the group include two others in London’s East End, an £8m complex at Stepney Green and a £7.5m scheme in Mile End nearby.


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