Chapman Taylor and CIMC collaborating on pioneering modular residential format for UK market

In collaboration with leading global off-site manufacturer CIMC, Chapman Taylor has developed an innovative and high-quality modular residential format for the UK market.

Using volumetric, off-site technology, Chapman Taylor has designed multifamily apartment layouts for CIMC’s patented modular system, which is capable of quickly and flexibly delivering 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments within medium to high-rise developments, in accordance with market demand. Chapman Taylor’s Interiors team worked closely with CIMC to create the concept design and full specification for the homes, which fully meet National Space Standards.

Alongside the many benefits which arise from using off-site technology such as waste, cost and quality, this product will deliver higher-quality finishes than traditional construction thanks to the precision manufacturing processes undertaken off-site while also delivering attractive commercial savings.

The off-site method can help to reduce material waste by between 50% and 90%, compared to traditional construction methods, and the high quality of finishing can lead to much better energy performance, airtightness and long-term resilience, among other sustainability benefits. It is anticipated that carbon reduction will be realised through the consolidation of assembly processes all occurring within a single factory location, as opposed to demanding various materials and suppliers delivering individual components through more traditional vehicular methods on our roads.

CIMC recently obtained BOPAS (Build-Offsite Property Assurance Scheme) certification, which allows a New Homes Warranty to be obtained through BLP Insurance. Certified for medium to high rise developments, this accreditation provides developers, funders and operators with the peace of mind that developments built using our residential template can obtain new homes guarantees underwritten by a major insurer as well as allowing residents to obtain a mortgage.

The achievement of BOPAS certification illustrates the joint commitment of Chapman Taylor and CIMC to providing a high-quality and sustainable multifamily living solution that will help to tackle the UK’s housing shortage while providing enjoyable places to live across the country.

About Chapman Taylor

Chapman Taylor is a global practice of award-winning architects and masterplanners. Established in 1959, we have expanded from our London base to operate from 17 design studios across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, working on projects in more than 100 countries.

The company has been responsible for shaping many well-known buildings and spaces in the UK and worldwide, having worked on over 2,000 projects and having won more than 300 leading industry awards.

We place a strong emphasis on the importance of responsible design, creating resilient places which are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

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About CIMC

CIMC Modular Building System (CIMC-MBS), has grown into the largest provider of modular buildings and modular building systems in the world by demonstrating that innovative design and its patented building technology can alleviate traditional build constraints and result in shorter build times.

Since founding in 2004, CIMC-MBS has established and maintained several strategic cooperations with global chain hotels including Hilton, Marriot, InterContinental, citizenM and senior high-end real estate development company Relevant Group, as well as three major international mining companies – Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and FMG.

With years of successful project experience, CIMC-MBS has successfully delivered over 70 projects with over 45,000 rooms in the UK, the USA, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Africa, Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong.

It has gradually grown from a modular building supplier to a company capable of providing Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management (EPCM) services, including development approval, conceptual design, detailed design, fabrication, logistics, on-site installation, project management and financial services.

The system will be designed and installed via CIMC’s UK whole owed subsidiary IMS (Integrated Module Solutions Ltd).

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Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill sets. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

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