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A hop, skip and leap of faith into England

London, England

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80 shipments of prefab elements every week to England


Hurks' decision to cross the English Channelin March 2013 can be described as a bold move. It marked the start of some exciting pioneering work in London. But this courage was rewarded. Ballymore decided to award Hurks an assignment for a 15-storey residential tower block made from prefab masonry. It actually turned out to be the precursor of four area developments in London.

A leap of faith

A prefab residential tower block featuring 134 apartments in phase 1 of London City Island. An A-location in the English capital. A major leap of faith for Hurks as well as the Irish real estate investor and developer. Building with prefab sandwich elements was new in the United Kingdom.

First residential tower block convinced everyone hands down

Reference projects

A visit to the Veldhoven-based prefab concrete factory and several reference projects was more than enough to persuade Ballymore. The first residential tower block convinced everyone hands down. At the end of 2015, this led to Hurks and Ballymore signing an agreement for two London-based area developments, and a letter of intent for two other major projects inLondon. 

London area developments

The letter of intent agreed with Ballymore involves the production and delivery of buildings made completely from prefab concrete for London-based area developments called London City Island (LCI), Royal Wharf, Leamouth South and Brentford. It involves an intensive partnership in four major area transformations including homes, promenades, hospitality facilities, shops and green features. And each of them is only a short distance fromLondon's commercial centre. 

Hurks involved early in the design phase

Design phase

Ballymore thus wants to use the Hurks prefab system for all four of the area developments. To ensure the cooperation runs smoothly and efficiently, Hurks will be involved in the design phase as early as possible. This means the designs will be compatible with Hurks' prefab system at the drawing board stage. But new standards are always being set. For instance, the elements used for two LCI tower blocks have a depth of1.5 metres. The floor plate used for the loggia will be integrated into the elements, which will be followed by assembling the framework.

Transport to England

These so-called ‘sandwich façades’, including prefab masonry and glazing, are being produced in the prefab concrete factory in Veldhoven. Hurks façade technology is supplying the aluminium frames and glazing, while the bricks are being supplied by Bouwcenter Van Hoppe. The sandwich elements are then placed on deep loaders and shipped to London via the port of Rotterdam. Eighty such shipments are leaving every week. 

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