Somerset-based Offsite Solutions 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 for the scheme at its factory in Highbridge. 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.
Commenting on the specification of Offsite Solutions’ 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.”