A company which produces modular bathroom units has been awarded an £8m contract to make 900 units for a London Docklands tower.
Somerset-based Offsite Solutions has been awarded the contract by Berkley Homes for the 68-storey Valiant Tower at South Quay Plaza.
The contract is the highest value project to be awarded to Offsite Solutions in the history of the company.
Designed by Foster + Partners, South Quay Plaza will be one of the tallest residential schemes in Europe, reaching a height of 220m.
Offsite Solutions is manufacturing a mix of ensuite shower rooms and bathrooms for the scheme at its factory in Highbridge. The delivery programme for this phase will be completed by the end of 2019.
Joe Yusuf, project manager at Berkeley Homes, said: “The use of offsite construction for the bathrooms gives us programme certainty, better quality and improved logistics. We do not have to procure and install all the individual elements that make up a bathroom, which means fewer trades on site. This is far more efficient, particularly for health and safety, and generates programme improvements.”
“Offsite Solutions is a British manufacturer, so we are benefiting from fast response times and a greater understanding of the UK market. Their team has been very helpful and proactive from the outset, with a can-do attitude to address any challenges. We have had a number of visits to their factory which is well run and a good set up.”
Emily Rix, project architect at Foster + Partners, said: “This project suited bathroom pods very well as we limited the number of bathroom types to four. In our experience, pods are often superior in quality compared to site-based bathroom construction.
“Taking an offsite approach avoids having a number of different trades on site and at different times. We have a really good relationship with Offsite Solutions. The design time was very constrained, but their team ensured a fast and efficient turnaround with everything we needed.”