The final piece of Europe’s tallest modular tower has been put into place in Wembley.

Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems have lifted the last section of the 29-storey Apex House tower in north London.

The scheme, which has been designed by architect HTA Design, will accommodate 560 student rooms when completed and has been pieced together from 679 separate modules.

The modules, which resemble shipping containers, have been produced at Vision Modular Systems’ factory in Bedford and are delivered to the site fully kitted-out with kitchen and bathroom as well as services such as electrics and light fittings.

The year-long build project is expected to complete in time for the coming academic year which starts in September.

Apex House is the fourth modular scheme by Vision Modular Systems and Tide Construction in the London borough of Brent, with the modules stacked up in a mere 13 weeks to reach 90 m in height.

Built on behalf of GCP Student Living, the scheme has been accredited with a BREAAM Excellent rating.

Tide Construction chief executive Christy Hayes said: “We are delighted that both the housing minister Gavin Barwell and London mayor Sadiq Khan have made off-site construction a priority in the capital to help ease the strain on London’s housing supply.

“Modular construction provides a much faster alternative to traditional construction without compromising on the quality of the building, or the versatility of the design. Modular produces 80 per cent less waste, requires fewer onsite workers and provides certainty of cost and time.”

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