Berkeley awards UK’s largest offsite resi bathroom contract
Offsite Solutions has won what it claims is the UK’s largest-ever bathroom pod contract for a single residential scheme, in a deal with Berkeley Homes.
The £8m deal will see Offsite Solutions manufacture more than 900 high-specification bathrooms for the 68-storey tower in South Quay Plaza in London’s Docklands.
Designed by Foster + Partners, South Quay Plaza will be one of the tallest residential schemes in Europe, reaching a height of 220m.
Offsite Solutions is manufacturing a mix of ensuite shower rooms and bathrooms with walk-in and/or over-bath showers, all of which are to be delivered before 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, and full-height glass shower screens.
Large-format tiles feature a marbled design, while there is a choice of three colour palettes for the complementary tiles.
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.”
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.”