Offsite Solutions, the UK’s leading bathroom pod manufacturer, has been awarded an £8m contract by Berkeley Homes for the offsite manufacture of more than 900 high specification bathrooms for the 68-storey Valiant Tower at South Quay Plaza – a landmark development in the historic London Docklands.
The contract is the UK’s largest bathroom pod contract for a single residential scheme and the highest value project to be awarded to Offsite Solutions in the history of the company. Designed by Foster + Partners, South Quay Plaza will be one of the tallest residential schemes in Europe, reaching a height of 220m. It will offer a selection of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses with waterside views, set in 2.6 acres of landscaped gardens.
Offsite Solutions is manufacturing a mix of ensuite shower rooms and bathrooms with walk-in and/or over-bath showers. The delivery programme for this phase will be completed by the end of 2019. The steel-framed bathroom pods for the luxury apartments feature built-in steam-free mirrored cabinets with recessed LED lighting, integrated underfloor heating, flush-mounted shower trays, Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, contemporary fittings, and full-height glass shower screens.
Large-format tiles in a marbled design create a striking picture wall. These tiles have a high level of detailing and are carefully pattern matched to allow continuation of the marbled veining. Clients then have a choice of three colour palettes for the complementary tiles which demonstrates an unprecedented level of flexibility for factory-built bathrooms.
Commenting on the specification of bathroom pods for this prestigious project, Joe Yusuf, Project Manager at Berkeley Homes, said, “The use of offsite construction for the bathrooms gives us programme certainty, better quality and improved logistics. We do not have to procure and install all the individual elements that make up a bathroom, which means fewer trades on site. This is far more efficient, particularly for health and safety, and generates programme improvements.”
“Offsite Solutions is a British manufacturer, so we are benefiting from fast response times and a greater understanding of the UK market. Their team has been very helpful and proactive from the outset, with a can-do attitude to address any challenges. We have had a number of visits to their factory which is well run and a good set up.”
Emily Rix, Project Architect at Foster + Partners, said, “This project suited bathroom pods very well as we limited the number of bathroom types to four. In our experience, pods are often superior in quality compared to site-based bathroom construction. Taking an offsite approach avoids having a number of different trades on site and at different times. We have a really good relationship with Offsite Solutions. The design time was very constrained, but their team ensured a fast and efficient turnaround with everything we needed.”
The slender steel and glass tower at South Quay Plaza on Marsh Wall has an iconic stepped design and will be built at a 45-degree rotation to maximise water views and dual aspects. Each apartment will have floor-to-ceiling glazing with spectacular and uninterrupted views of the city’s skyline. The scheme will have London’s highest communal roof garden, a residents’ club lounge, screening room, 20m swimming pool and spa facilities. South Quay Plaza will also feature retail and restaurant space, creating a vibrant, mixed-use and sustainable waterside development.
Offsite Solutions offers a comprehensive and expanding range of bathroom pods to suit different building types and applications. Options include steel-framed pods with ceramic tiled finishes for high-end apartments, student residences and hotels; robust and low maintenance GRP composite pods for student accommodation, care homes, social housing and healthcare; steel and concrete pods for high specification wet rooms, and award-winning demountable GRP pods for ease of installation in refurbishment schemes.