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shedkm’s pioneering modular apartments in manchester

MoHo, Manchester, is home to 102 pre-fabricated apartments. shedkm designed the new mmc housing of varying sizes and types within a masterplan scheme for Urban Splash, which has regenerated the Britannia Basin area south.

The apartments are based on a factory produced pre-fabricated residential unit which, through a series of additional clip on components including balconies, dining pods and a further bedroom, provide compact, high quality accommodation.

Working within the masterplan for the area, which includes a new pedestrian street, the shedkm site forms half of the city block. Aspects to the new pedestrian street and two other streets all contain new commercial space to activate the street frontages at ground floor, and the six floors of residential accommodation above are arranged around a central courtyard.

The homes provide either an east, west or southern orientation with views out onto the street frontages or a new private garden courtyard.

MoHo (short for modular housing) develops the application of pre-fabrication already successfully used in mixed tenure housing and transfers it to the private sector. It was shedkm’s first modular housing project in the early 2000s, paving the way for future typologies.

MoHo questions construction and reinterprets it to provide homes which positively embrace and celebrate the aesthetic and technology of prefabricated design.

MoHo started on site in February 2004 with the first units occupied in April 2005.


Urban Splash




  • 102 apartments

Contract value:

£6 million




Won: 9 Awards, including 2006 RIBA Award


pre-fabricated homes

“moho – a development of 102 apartments – shows that there really is a role for factory-made accommodation for dense urban living, and offers the adventurous market – young or old – a wonderful, robust and economic alternative.”

Judging Panel – RIBA Awards 2006