Largest module high-rise building in Europe (London)

London started the construction of a dormitory, supposed to be not only very fast (in 12 months) but ready for occupancy. Apex House the largest building in Europe from prefabricated modules will be with its 29 floors.

The construction works have started and if all goes according to plan, the first students here to insert in the September 2017. Apex House is a student residence with 29 floors and 560 rooms in the Borough of Brent in northwest of London.

HTA = Design
Photo: Vision Modular Systems

Here, near the Wembley Stadium, one of the largest programs to the neighbourhood renewal in the UK runs. Around 11,500 new homes and 10,000 new jobs should be created at Wembley. Apex House is part of it.

Student rooms, housing and business premises

For the architectural firm of HTA design LLP in London, it is already the fourth urban planning project in Wembley. “Apex House is built in 12 months, faster than with traditional building methods, this is at least a year,” says Simon Toplis of HTA design. Thus students could already move to the beginning of the academic year 2017 and promote the speed for the neighbourhood renewal, Toplis said. Also the quality of the modular design would have already proven in previous projects.

560 student rooms will appear in the building, near the Wembley Stadium. Photo: HTU design

The building itself will consist of three components. The 29-floors tower stands on the street corner and on the North and East by lower structures. Their facades are geared towards the terracotta cladding of the neighbouring houses and vary them in lighter tones.

On the ground floor, there will be a student dining hall and a Café, which will be open for neighbours and passers-by. In these parts, including private and affordable housing to be built. The tower should be covered itself with its flattened tip with white, polished and glass-fibre reinforced Cantilevers. Opens a Colonnade at its base and emphasizes the main entrance on the corner of the street.

Room modules are supplied prefabricated at the factory

For the modular construction of the project the London architect work together vision modular systems among other things with the company. The British company specializes on the production of three-dimensional modules which are used mainly for the construction of hotels, apartments, dormitories, workers accommodation and hospitals.


The modules prefabricated in the factory have a steel frame and a concrete floor. All installations, Windows and insulation, and further work in the outer skin expire automatically in the making. After delivery to the construction site, the modules are finally connected.

Dexion 2 - Wembley
Dexion 2 – Wembley, Copyright – Richard Southall

The modular design brings advantages for representation of the company: consistent quality, higher safety, precise prediction of the cost and less construction site on the construction site.

Other concepts for affordable housing in London

The modular Apex building is not the only attempt to create affordable housing in the overpriced London. Also, a high-rise building for students, loosened up by places, plans a Dutch Office for architecture. The WG Tower should reach 30 floors.

Tide Construction
Tide Construction – Dexion 2, Wembley, Copyright – Richard Southall

Other companies have specialized in London, modular set up whole floors of roof on existing homes.