Architecture firm Chapman Taylor just unveiled images of the recently completed Holiday Inn Express at Manchester’s Trafford City – the first hotel in the North West to be built using a special type of volumetric modular construction based on steel shipping containers. The hotel was built off-site as separate modules and then assembled on-site in under a month.

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The architects worked with the main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland, to develop a detailed design of the hotel with a focus on exploring modular options.

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All 220 guest rooms were completed before off-site, and include interior furniture, fixtures and fittings, carpets, curtains, wallpaper and floor-to-ceiling windows. A team of workers then stacked the first 125 modules on a podium structure upon their arrival at Trafford City – in less than one month.

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The use of a comprehensive BIM model helped inform the detailed design and enable off-site fabrication. Every container features a vapor control layer and pre-finished rain-screen cladding that make them watertight.

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Via World Architecture News

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Chapman Taylor, Holiday Inn Express, shipping container hotel, shipping containers, prefab, Manchester, United Kingdom, Bowmer & Kirkland, modular design, rain screens, green architecture

Chapman Taylor, Holiday Inn Express, shipping container hotel, shipping containers, prefab, Manchester, United Kingdom, Bowmer & Kirkland, modular design, rain screens, green architecture

Chapman Taylor, Holiday Inn Express, shipping container hotel, shipping containers, prefab, Manchester, United Kingdom, Bowmer & Kirkland, modular design, rain screens, green architecture