Pod specialist, Offsite Solutions, has been awarded multi-million pound contracts to supply nearly 1,000 high specification bathroom pods for one of the UK’s largest single-site Build to Rent schemes.
Developed by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), Cherry Park is a £670m residential-led development next to Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in London. The scheme will create around 1,200 new homes for rent in 11 buildings – three residential towers and courtyard mansion blocks up to 11 storeys.
Designed by PRP Architects, this high-quality mixed-use development forms part of the redevelopment of Stratford City and the Olympic Village and is set to transform Stratford town centre into an exceptional Build to Rent location for London.
Offsite Solutions is manufacturing 991 high specification, steel-framed bathroom pods in two phases, which will run concurrently. There are two pod types, and each has two colour palettes in dark or light grey.
“A key driver on Cherry Park was to use offsite construction as far as possible to create efficiencies, support our Better Places 2030 CSR programme, and to contribute to safer working environments by reducing numbers on site.
“The Offsite Solutions team has been responsive to all our design requirements with a high level of engagement at every level and working with them has been seamless despite the complexities of this project and working through the pandemic.”Keith Whitmore, Head of Development, Design and Construction UK/Italy and Director of Construction Management Europe, URW
“We are absolutely delighted to be awarded these contracts which reaffirm our position as one of the leading bathroom pod specialists in Europe and in the fast-growing UK Build to Rent sector. We think it is hugely positive that the pods for these phases of Cherry Park will be manufactured here in the UK. This is a premium residential development and that is strongly reflected in the quality of the bathrooms.
“Cherry Park follows our successful delivery of other luxury bathroom projects for prestigious, large-scale residential developments in London including Wood Wharf – a private rental scheme in Canary Wharf, and South Quay Plaza for Berkeley Homes in London Docklands.”James Stephens, Managing Director, Offsite Solutions
Cherry Park will provide one, two, three and four-bedroom homes with amenities including a gym, swimming pool, workspaces, and high-quality public realm and open spaces, such as play areas.
The private rental sector is one of the fastest-growing areas in property development. Offsite Solutions offers a range of pod solutions for utility rooms, bathrooms, shower rooms and ensuites to suit Build to Rent schemes. High specification steel-framed pods allow traditional porcelain-tiled finishes. Enhanced GRP pods have a host of design options, including porcelain-tiled feature walls, to create a strong aesthetic whilst allowing developers and operators to meet their budgetary aspirations and reduce future maintenance costs.