Sites 9 & 10, Western Avenue

The use of steel container units to create 225-bedroom accommodation highlights how this modern method of construction introduces speed to the programme duration, as modules arrive on site with internal finishes already installed.

  • Location

    Western Avenue, West London

  • Architect

    Contemporary Design Solutions

  • Client

    Hallmark Property Group

  • Sector

    Residential Development

  • Expertise


  • Status

    In Progress

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Prefabricated modular pods used to create modern student accommodation

The superstructure comprises prefabricated modular steel pods, stacked on top of one another and supported at the base by a reinforced concrete substructure. The ground floor slab was designed to accommodate the weight of a mobile crane during construction and the basement retaining walls are cantilevered from the raft to create a continuous skylight to the rear of the building.


The stacks are book-ended by two multi-storey steel frames, with vertical bracing provided for lateral stability. PJCE have also provided the structural design for the exterior CORTEN weathering steel fins which will wrap around the glazed façade elevations, adding visual interest.

Western Avenue artist's impression