Modular design and construction enhancing residential projects


Modular design and construction enhancing residential projects

Modular bathrooms, pod-style sleeping and printed building components are just the beginning of a new way of thinking when it comes to construction. Apply this technology to multi-level apartments and housing developments and the value-add becomes significant.

The increasing demand for residential housing on less land is seeing a dramatic rise in multi-unit, multi-level housing particularly in New Zealand’s biggest cities. It’s predicted that 60% of new homes will be multi-unit by 2030.

Arrow has recently completed over $300 million worth of  residential apartments, hotels and serviced apartments. During this time we identified a number of ways to improve our design and construction capability via the use of leading edge systems and technology. We are now putting significant focus on modular construction solutions, materials and technologies that are new to the New Zealand market, but in common use in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

“We see technology combined with our up-front expertise in residential building adding tangible value to the way new projects are built” says Mark Hopwood, CEO.

“For instance modular bathrooms can make significant time, labour and cost savings on large projects”.

modular-bathroom-saponePrefabricated bathrooms that include the plumbing and services can be made offsite and craned into place. “You just peel away a plastic protector, plug it into your services and you have a bathroom installed”.

The new JUCY Snooze at Christchurch airport contains pod-style dorm rooms with fibreglass and steel bed capsules stacked bunk-style. The pods, whose concept was derived in China, are being used as a prototype for JUCY’s national chain.

To gain the maximum benefit from our modular construction supply chain and systems, the design build process needs to focus towards modular systems at the earliest possible stage. We can assess the most effective construction methodology which may well be a combination of conventional and modular components.

The process Arrow leads the project through, from concept to completion, we refer to as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). The advantages this brings to our clients, our manufacturing supply chain and our people include:

– faster construction

– reduced holdings and finance costs

– reduced risk

– increased cost certainty

– less waste

– increased safety on site due to the shortened time frames for critical risk activities

– a quality product which can be inspected before installation.

“There has been considerable advancements in modular design and construction locally and internationally” says Andrew McKenzie who has taken on the new role as General Manager of Development and Modular Construction.

“The quality can often surpass on-site construction and we have the ability to alter designs significantly between each project. The future of 3D printed components and buildings will soon add another exciting level to this space and I’m keen to see Arrow continue as leaders in this space”.

Combined with our Development Management service Arrow can now assist clients through the development process and add significant value from feasibility to project completion.

Recent residential accommodation projects where Arrow has been involved with in a design build, or development capacity include:


Jucy Snooze Pod HERO small

JUCY Snooze pods

Parkview Apartments

Parkview Apartments

The Peak Apartments

The Peak Apartments


Massey Albany Student Accomodation