Bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions has been awarded its second contract for Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord.
This latest project is to manufacture 567 steel-framed bathroom and shower pods for Exchange Square in Birmingham which is under construction by main contractor McAleer & Rushe.
The pod deliveries to site will begin toward the end of 2021 and are set for completion by summer 2022 as the building’s structure is constructed.
Exchange Square is developed by Nikal for Grainger plc and will provide 375 homes for rent in a landmark 37-storey tower.
Designed by Stephenson Hamilton Risely Studio, the £68m scheme occupies a prominent location opposite HS2 Curzon Birmingham.
Completion is scheduled for summer 2023.
Commenting on the use of pods, Helena Tsiantes Jansson, senior forward fund development manager at Grainger plc, said: “We fully support the use of offsite manufacturing and for the bathrooms, it gives us the unique opportunity to check the pods in the factory before going into full production.
“This allows us to review the design detailing and make any minor changes, which is just not possible on site.
“Following our recent visit to Offsite Solutions’ factory, we were very impressed with the quality of the finishes, particularly the grouting and tiling.
“The quality was spot on and will result in a better quality product for our residents. Fitting out the bathrooms in a factory which has much more space and light than on site, definitely impacts positively on quality.
“It is also much easier for us to deal with a single supplier for the bathrooms.”
Offsite Solutions is also manufacturing pods for Enigma Square in Milton Keynes, another Grainger build-to-rent scheme which is under construction by Bowmer and Kirkland.
Image: Grainger Exchange Square
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