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Vision for Wolverhampton student scheme realised using modular system

Vision Modular Structures (VMS), working in partnership with Fleming Developments UK (FDUK), has secured a contract to manufacture and install its modular units for delivery of a Ł24 million student accommodation scheme on behalf of Victoria Hall Ltd. in Wolverhampton.

VMS will install a total of 805 modules over 27 weeks – the first module having already been lifted into place on 27 October 2008. Delivery of the completed scheme will take just 13 months – it being finished in anticipation of student intake at the start of the academic year in September 2009.

Designed by O'Connell East Architects of Manchester, the scheme features a 24 storey block – qualifying it a Europe’s tallest modular building – and will provide 657 student bedrooms plus 142 post-graduate student apartments.

Jenny Hayes, architect at O’Connell East Architect’s comments: “Modular construction was identified early on as key to the successful and timely delivery of this scheme. As a ‘turn-key’ manufacturer, the VMS system helps reduce the amount of time spent on-site thanks to rapid-assembly and a streamlined supply chain from the factory. Furthermore, deliveries could also be coordinated to arrive on side using ‘Just-in-Time’ logistics – also avoiding peak traffic times.”

VMS’s modular units are manufactured utilising integrated structural steel framing with solid concrete floors – making them ideally suited for construction of apartments, student accomodation, hotels and hospitals. Furthermore, the integrated structural design facilitates the assembly of buildings up to 24-storeys without the requirement for a secondary structural support system.

Iain Thayne, Chief Executive of VMS UK, comments: “Over the last year we have made significant progress in developing the Vision offering for the UK and this scheme is a milestone achievement in our journey. The deliverability and speed of construction are the clear benefits of modular techniques, and in these difficult market conditions we are pleased to have proven our commercial credentials. We are continuing to develop our offering across a wider base and along with delivery of residential and student accommodation we expect to announce our first UK hotel scheme shortly.”

VMS was established as an independent subsidiary of the Fleming Group in September 2005. Operating out of offices in Southampton, the modules themselves are manufactured at VMS’s factory base in Cork, Ireland.

Email: grae@camarguepr.com


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