A very stimulating exercise was undertaken, whereby a client who had a considerable plot of land in the Hayes area wanted to carry out a feasibility study to see what benefits would come out of converting the land into a hotel. SSK Architects took on this task and conducted the study, taking into account various important elements which would not be considered for residential architecture.
Internal living space, amenity space and car parking were elements which needed careful consideration, as well as local amenities, office and staffing areas.
With such a large project, detailed layout had to be carefully designed along with block plans and 3D rendered images of the potential for the site.
One of the most interesting elements of this project was the client’s openness to go down a modular route of construction.
Modular construction is where pre-fabricated modules are assembled off-site and transported to the location where they are lifted and positioned into place. Modular construction can allow for a more cost-effective solution than traditional construction, as there is less labour needed on site, there are no weather delays and fewer materials are used. Another very important aspect of modular construction is its sustainable methods and materials which contain an overall reduced carbon footprint. Modules can also be customised to fit the client or owner’s needs.
SSK Architects designed basic proposals for the client taking into consideration both traditional and modular methods of construction, which the client very much appreciated as this opened an entirely new discussion about the future of construction in suburbs. Modular method is more widely used and accepted in major cities.
The path that we were going down for modular construction was to use second hand shipping containers, which not only would work for pre-fabricated modules but would also provide a very modern design approach in the ever popular “cargotecture” style.
Cargotecture design style