East Village No.8

One big leap for construction

Helping to address London's housing shortage and transform Stratford into a thriving community, East Village No.8 was built using quick time, game-changing technology.

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East Village No.8 Project summary

Client

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

Services provided

Construction

Sectors

Hotels and residential

Locations

UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline

Start date
January 2016
Status
Live
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Project story

The arrival of the 2012 Olympic Games changed the face of London’s East End, transforming the landscape, introducing new communities and bringing endless opportunities.

Such large scale regeneration has funnelled much needed resources and infrastructure into the local economy, rapidly turning the wastelands of Stratford into a desirable location where demand for homes quickly outstripped supply.

As a key delivery partner for the Games, and with an established reputation for embracing innovation, Mace was challenged to build an eight-storey podium, two wing buildings and two towers to create 482 homes.

Our approach to developing Plot No.8 of the East Village came in the shape of the UKs first rising factory. The six-storey ‘jump factory’, built around the tower, created an indoor construction site – improving noise, reducing safety risks and preventing environmental delays.

With unprecedented speed, each floor was constructed in just one week and, thanks to pioneering pre-fabrication, we pushed the boundaries of pace as well as quality - using innovative solutions and techniques at every turn.

The factory-style construction method has transformed our approach to residential housing projects and is being further developed for even faster and safer construction delivery.

98% prefabrication
482 residential units
36 storeys in 18 weeks

Points of note

Off-site innovation

Perfectly demonstrating Mace’s position at the forefront of construction innovation, 98% of this project’s entire infrastructure was built offsite. This reduced the number of site vehicles on local roads by 30%, and reduced site waste by 75%. 

Reduced risk

The factory space overhung the building’s floor plate, completely eliminating any need to work at height. The waterproof factory meant construction could continue even in adverse weather conditions. 

Controlled sequencing

Subcontractors had full control of a floor of the building for a week which helped eliminate defects and boosted productivity. At its peak, 32 trade handovers took place in one week – a first for the construction industry.

Lessons learned

The final levels of the two towers took just 39 hours to complete. At every stage of the programme we developed better ways of working with the jump factory, constantly evolving and sharing learning across the project delivery team to increase efficiencies and cost savings for our clients.