Pocket’s modular tower gets going

Work has begun at Pocket’s Mapleton Crescent development, a 26-storey, 89-home tower built using modular units.

The tower will be Europe’s tallest using modular construction. It is expected that the use of modular construction on the site will shave around six months off the tower’s total build time and see the project completed in summer 2018.

The site in Wandsworth town centre will feature 53 affordable flats to be sold outright at a discount of at least 20% to first time buyers and 36 private flats. The development will also feature a communal roof terrace on the twenty fourth floor.

Pocket homes are built for singles and couples with an average household income of around £37,000.

Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “I’m delighted Pocket’s first Wandsworth-based housing development is now under way. These compact starter homes are a superb innovation and offer a new affordable housing option in the heart of Wandsworth town centre. I’m sure they will be a popular choice with local residents and we hope to see more schemes like this developed in the years ahead.

“The building’s design is equally impressive, particularly the green ceramic cladding system which will be another first for Wandsworth. The emphasis on creating such high quality communal areas is another welcome innovation.”

Pocket’s Chief Executive Marc Vlessing said: “If we’re able to scale up modular construction it has the potential to help solve London’s housing crisis. Factory built modular homes are quicker to build than conventional buildings and result in significantly less disruption to local residents – with 60% fewer trucks coming to sites and 90% less waste.

“To increase the number of modular developments constructed we need to find ways to support SME builders who are able to respond to local need and build 100 to 200 homes at a time.”

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