Trafford City’s Holiday Inn Express shortlisted for four Offsite Construction Awards

Chapman Taylor is delighted to report that our work on the Holiday Inn Express modular development at Trafford City, Manchester, has been shortlisted in four categories for the Offsite Construction Awards – Architect of the Year, Best Use of Steel Technology, Retail and Leisure Project of the Year and Best Use of Volumetric Technology (the latter entered by the main contractors, Bowmer & Kirkland).

The Offsite Construction Awards are held annually to celebrate the very best in modular construction, honouring outstanding examples of factory-built structures and innovative offsite technology. The 2018 awards ceremony takes place on March 6th at ExCel London, with an estimated 350 industry delegates expected to attend.

The 220-bed Holiday Inn Express, opened in June 2017, is constructed from purpose-built steel containers complete with factory-finished interior fixtures and fittings, all of which were installed before being delivered to site.

The modules were stacked on top of each other without the need for additional supporting structures, to enable fast installation on site. Each module consisted of two bedrooms and a section of corridor, with all of the 220 bedrooms placed on site in less than three weeks, ready for external cladding to commence.

The 6,000m² hotel, located next to Manchester’s EventCity venue on a 1.75 acre site,  was a joint venture between Topland, Marick and Mill Lane Estates, and is the first Holiday Inn Express ‘Generation 4’ in the UK to be built using a ‘modular’ construction process.

Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio, alongside the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, developed the detailed design for the hotel by adopting a completely different design process, creating a co-ordinated 3D BIM model which enabled off-site works to commence in line with an ambitiously accelerated building programme.

Chapman Taylor is a keen advocate of the potential benefits of off-site construction to clients and interested parties across all development sectors. We believe that volumetric modular development can save substantial time and money for clients while offering a very high quality of finished building.

Chapman Taylor’ Research and Development team has also produced a trademark off-site modular housing model, called Umbrellahaus®. It can be constructed at scale and speed to provide much-needed community housing. Housing modules range from one-beds to three-bed family units, and provide a choice of homes to reflect peoples’ ability to pay and the different stages in their lives, with flexibility to allow reconfiguration to meet customer or market demands in terms of space. The modules are thermally-efficient, maximise daylight, minimise maintenance costs and encourage recycling.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Holiday Inn Express project for making the shortlist as awards finalists in all these categories.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Swiszczowski
Associate Director (Manchester)

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