A contract for student accommodation in the South-West involved elemental flat-pack concrete walls, floors and roof units, which slotted together with windows and services already installed in the units.

A contract for student accommodation in the South-West involved elemental flat-pack concrete walls, floors and roof units, which slotted together with windows and services already installed in the units. Accommodation for nearly 2000 students would take the form of several different multi-storey blocks and time was short. Units were delivered on edge in small numbers on the back of large articulated low loaders. There were 11,000 units to deliver and 300m2 per day were made at the factory. Four-hundred units could be fixed each day, which meant the manufacturer had to stockpile in advance of delivery.19 The contractor used six 100-tonne cranes. Gangs of workers were needed to bolt units together, place and structurally screed floors and put up edge protection for each six-person flat. Units were fair-faced internally and clad later by 25 different types of external cladding materials, including brick.