Hospitality: Off-site modular hotel starts on site at Trafford City, Manchester, UK

Work has started on site on the 220 bedroom Holiday Inn Express in Trafford City, Manchester, UK, which is constructed from purpose-built steel shipping containers complete with fully factory finished interior fixtures and fittings, all of which are installed before being delivered to site.

Chapman Taylor were appointed to develop the detailed design and are now working with Main Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland to deliver the project on site.

The employment of this type of off-site modular design requires a completely new approach to the design process. Working collaboratively with other specialist consultants, Chapman Taylor developed a fully co-ordinated BIM model to inform the detailed design and enable the off-site works to commence, in line with the ambitious programme that sees the project completed in less than 12 months.

The bedroom modules are currently being manufactured, whilst construction of the ground floor and podium slab has already commenced on site. The modules are individually stacked on top of the podium structure, meaning all 220 guest rooms are installed within a 2-4 week period. Each module comprises two fully furnished ensuite rooms, separated by a section of circulation corridor, complete with all building services. The rooms, which incorporate full height windows, are fully finished internally and Quality Approved before leaving the factory. The external envelope is applied once the modules are in place, using prefinished rainscreen cladding and single ply roofing systems.

The project, a Joint Venture between Mill Lane Estates, Topland Group and Marick, is the first of its kind in the North West.

Chapman Taylor Director, Andrew Carroll commented: ‘We are pleased to continue to expand our expertise in off-site design and construction methods which offer exciting new building solutions for the future’.

Coinciding with their design development for the modular hotel, Chapman Taylor have received a lot of interest and publicity surrounding their trademarked Umbrellahaus® project.  Developed in response to the UK’s growing housing crisis, Umbrellahaus® is a sustainable, affordable, off-site housing model that can be constructed at scale and speed to provide much needed high quality housing for the private rental market within our towns and cities. Umbrellahaus® housing modules range from 1 bed to 3 bed family units. All unit sizes generally follow current space standards that can be modified where appropriate to match market demands. 

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Andrew Carroll

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