Panorama Apartments

MFS were appointed by Hyper Construction Ltd to deliver the complete structural envelope for the Panorama project in Ashford, Kent using the MFS i-Form Solution®, our P-DfMA approach to MMC.

Work started in December 2018 on the superstructure construction of the 110 Apartments in 2 blocks; 4 storeys and 6 storeys respectively.

Green Housing


Construction at a glance:

Location: Ashford in Kent
Client: Hyper Construction Ltd
Build TypeResidential High Rise
No of Units: 110 apartments over 2 blocks, 4 and 6 storeys
Status: Completed August 2019
System: MFS i-Form Solution®

Construction Platforms:

  • Xella Silka Elements
  • Precast concrete floor planks & landings
  • Stairs & balconies
  • Roof trusses

Project Details

In January 2019 we welcomed Peter, the 1st of two new apprentices to join the MFS team. Peter was shortlisted from a group of 16 boys via Concept Training, and did so well in his skills test that we were thrilled to offer him the 1st apprenticeship. MFS are committed to investing in training and bringing young talent into the construction industry. Despite the cold January weather the Xella Silka blockwork project at our Ashford site continued apace. With the thin joint mortar setting within 2 hours and load bearing within 24 hours – even at temperatures as low as -3 degrees.

September 2020 update

Ashford Borough Council set to acquire the ‘New Quarter’ (Panorama Buildings), 109 quality apartments in the heart of Ashford town centre with priority lettings for keyworkers, a ground-breaking initiative. Ashford Borough Council is set to complete a deal with developers Dukelease this autumn to buy the New Quarter – with an east and west wing adjacent to the Panorama building in the heart of Ashford town centre – comprising 109 units of one and two bedroomed flats. The deal is an £18.5m investment by the Kent authority and represents the largest ever handover of general needs accommodation to be managed on one site by the council. This is to provide affordable rented accommodation to key workers that have an identified housing need. In addition it will also free up existing homes through transfers of keyworkers and, where possible, will provide vacant units in which to house those in temporary accommodation, or from the housing waiting list.

Construction Achievements:

Less time on site
Reduction in Labour
Less waste on site
0 be advised
Overall build saving

Key Performance Indicators


  • 10 weeks in Dfma

  • 26 weeks on site


  • Significant reduction in overall build spend

  • 50% less labour required

  • 100% less waste on site

  • Reduction in defects and higher build accuracy

  • No internal scaffolding

  • Occupation weeks earlier than traditional builds


  • Fully load bearing: Up to 10 storeys

  • Thin Joint Mortar: Sets within 2 hours vs traditional 24

  • Fire resistant: Excellent 4hrs+

  • Acoustic: Excellent

  • Thermal: Good

  • Green Credentials: A rated


  • NHBC Approved and BBA Certified

  • Part E & Part L Building regs

  • Meets Approved Document A3 Disproportionate Collapse Class 2A & 2B

  • BIM compliant

  • Advanced and environmentally friendly manufacturing process

The completed blocks, to be let to key workers – October 2020

Latest Update June 2019 – the east block is progressing well.

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