Tide Construction’s 48-storey scheme to be among world’s tallest modular buildings

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EPR’s 48-storey tower was approved by Tower Hamlets council this week

Tide Construction, the developer behind the world’s tallest residential modular building, has been given the green light for another huge modular block in Canary Wharf.

Designed by EPR Architects, the 48-storey student accommodation scheme at 30 Marsh Wall will house just over 1,000 studio apartments including four amenity levels and a roof garden.

The block will be built on a highly restricted site within an emerging cluster of tall towers including a 52-storey scheme designed by Morris & Co which was approved last week.

EPR’s block will be built using prefabricated pods manufactured off site and transported to Marsh Wall, where they will be stacked on top of each other.

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The student accommodation tower will house just over 1,000 studio apartments and four amenity levels at ground floor

The same technique was used by Tide Construction on a pair of 38 and 44-storey towers in Croydon which made headlines last year when they became the world’s tallest.

Tide is now building an even taller, 50-storey scheme on a neighbouring plot. All three Croydon towers were drawn up by HTA Design.

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The scheme will be built using prefabricated modular pods manufactured offsite

Tower Hamlets’ planning committee voted seven to one to approve the Canary Wharf block on Wednesday evening, backing a recommendation for approval given by the planning officer.

The use of off-site construction could reduce construction waste by up to 80%, according to the officer’s report, with 97% of the waste being recycled - although the scheme will require the demolition of the site’s currently vacant seven-storey block dating to the 1990s.

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Objections included concerns that the tower’s façade looked ‘cheap and tacky’

The report also highlighted concerns raised during the scheme’s consultation rounds, including that its facade looked “cheap and tacky”, and that the design was “out of date” and looked like a “high-rise slum block”.

Objections also questioned the necessity of building a student accommodation block in the area despite no nearby university, and suggested that it would be more sustainable to refurbish the existing building.

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The tower will be built on a highly constricted triangular site on the Isle of Dogs

Other firms working on the project include modular contractor Vision Modular, landscape architect Spacehub Design, daylight consultants Avison Young, planning consultant Rolf Judd Planning and structural engineer Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineer.

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The scheme (pictured centre) is the latest in a cluster of towers to the south of Canary Wharf to be given planning approval