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Manchester’s first volumetric modular hotel

Chapman Taylor completes Holiday Inn Express, the first volumetric modular hotel in Manchester, with all 220 guestrooms constructed off-site from shipping containers.

THE new 220 bedroom Holiday Inn Express at Manchester’s Trafford City is the first hotel in the North West to be constructed off-site from purpose built steel shipping containers. Volumetric modular construction is a

method of off-site construction which sees a large portion of a building being constructed as a series of separate modules (or pods) in a controlled environment; typically a purpose built factory or large manufacturing warehouse. The individual modules are then transported to the site where they are assembled to create the finished building. The hotel, located next to Manchester’s

EventCity venue on a 1.75 acre site, is a joint venture between Topland, Marick and Mill Lane Estates and is the first Holiday Inn Express Generation 4 in the UK to be built using a modular construction process. Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio,

alongside the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, developed the detailed design for the off-site hotel adopting a completely different design process, which was informed by the modular provider’s system. All 220 guestrooms were constructed off- site from purpose-built steel shipping containers; complete with fully factory finished interior furniture, fixtures and fittings, including carpets, curtains, wallpaper and full-height windows. Following their delivery to site, the 125

modules were individually stacked on an in-situ built podium structure, meaning all 220 guest rooms were installed within a four week period.

18 Chapman Taylor developed a fully co-

ordinated BIM model to inform the detailed design and enable the off-site fabrication to commence in line with the ambitious programme. Each module contained two fully furnished en-suite guestrooms, complete with all building services including the light fittings. The rooms were orientated within each module to mirror one another across the corresponding section of corridor. The outer corrugated steel finish of

each shipping container incorporated a vapour control layer allowing the building to achieve water-tightness within a short

period. The finished external envelope was then applied using a pre-finished rain screen cladding and single ply roofing system. “This is the first modular hotel that the

practice has delivered and it has been built on time and to budget. Moving forward we are excited about continuing to build on our expertise in off-site fabrication and construction methods which offer innovative new building solutions for the future,” said Andy Carroll, director at Chapman Taylor.

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