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Project - Juxon and Sail Street, Lambeth
Sector - Residential
Company - Vision Modular Systems
Technology - Volumetric Modular
Juxon and Sail Street, Lambeth, London SE11 provides much needed, affordable housing in the Lambeth borough. Working with local authorities Pocket Living develop urban sites that are close to transport links to help people onto the housing ladder. Homes are 100% owner-occupied and Pocket police who lives in them to prevent any buy-to-let speculation and make sure the homes remain affordable. Pocket Living acquired the Sail and Juxon Street sites from Lambeth in late 2015. The Sail Street site previously comprised garages and the Juxon Street site was a car park, both serving the China Walk Estate. The sites were particularly constrained in that both blocks were infilling some ground between existing 1960's blocks, and therefore minimising disruption to local residents was a priority, and is a major benefit in adopting a modular approach.
Pocket developments are in the main comprised of 1 bed apartments. These are 39m2 compact units comprising a kitchen/living space and a bathroom/bedroom. The layout and fit out is optimised for city living and the occupiers benefit from a generous 2.5m floor to ceiling height, which combined with extensive glazing gives a bright and airy feel to the units. The 1 bed units are ideally suited to modular construction. The kitchen/living space making one module and the bathroom/bedroom the other. Externally the modules measure circa 3.3m in width and 6.5m in length and the 2 modules transported as a single load to site. Given that the new developments needed to integrate with existing 1960's blocks, the external façade was a mix of traditional brick and metal grilles. This close attention to architectural detailing and specification meant the finished blocks blended into the existing street scenes but also added a new vibrancy to the area. The residents also enjoy generous terrace amenity space at the upper levels which provide great viewing of some of London's most well known landmarks.
The project brief included:
1. Building complete within a 14 month period
2. Provide engaging communal areas
3. Achieve CfSH level 4 rating
4. Adhere to strict budget controls
5. Project innovation- maximizing the benefits from MMC
6. Reduce number of defects compared to traditional build
7. Better quality control leading to better customer service
8. Reduction in inconvenience to adjacent estate residents
The Vision volumetric solution excelled in delivering to this challenging brief. Juxon and Sail Street illustrates why modular construction, has won the support of both government and industry. The project demonstrates how high-quality homes can be built quickly, and why modular techniques will play an increasingly important role in delivering more housing.
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