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News Time-lapsing residential developments

28 March 2019 Kate

Our time-lapse construction archive includes a wide variety of residential projects.

There has been a strong growth recorded in the UK’s construction sectors since 2010, with housing continuing to encompass a consistent percentage of this output.

As part of our leading time-lapse UK service, taking us to key sites countrywide (and beyond), we have provided capture of student accommodation builds, high-profile London developments and even military-base housing.

Some of our work also documents private residential contracts, with many currently ongoing & in the pipeline.

Housing by major companies

We have worked with a number of the biggest companies in the residential sector, providing time-lapse and site monitoring for some of their major UK developments.

Project file #1 – Riverlight

Location: Nine Elms, South Bank District, London
Client: St James

St James of Berkeley Group is just one of the top contractors to have commissioned our services. We utilised multiple camera positions to capture Riverlight – the first phase of the largest of London’s regeneration projects.

Each camera move was part of our comprehensive time-lapse capture and system management across a six year period, between 2011 and 2017.

This capture encompassed several key stages of the development, which included construction of five new residential towers.

The finished St James Riverlight development at Nine Elms

Above: the finished residential towers at Riverlight, Nine Elms. We positioned the time-lapse camera system across the River Thames so as to capture the final stages of construction.

Other high profile Berkeley Group projects in our time-lapse archive includes the construction of Abell and Cleland apartment & penthouse buildings at Westminster SW1, and the demolition-construction phases of 190 Strand.

Especially in iconic UK locations such as London, residential developments are significant investments for the public and private sectors. Time-lapse solutions enable important milestones like these to be documented and publicised, so that progress can be celebrated outside of invested circles.

Crest Nicholson, Redrow Homes and Lovell are also among other renowned housing providers we have worked for, whose successful projects have been transformed into Ultra HD quality time-lapse videos.

Residential work is incredibly varied, however, with major companies requiring capture of a wide range of building techniques in many different contexts.

Sensitive sites

As well as public residential projects, we have also been commissioned to capture work on government and military sites.

Working in sensitive environments presents its own set of challenges for a time-lapse company, including extra specialist clearances & permissions, as well as following strict methods & practices.

Project file #2 – Beacon Barracks

Location: Ministry of Defence, Stafford
Client: Lovell

We worked for Lovell, who undertook construction of 364 new homes for returning army personnel in the Midlands.

With two fully managed camera systems in situ, as well as additional video capture, we were able to document the full scope of the £51m redevelopment at Beacon Barracks.

Not only providing faultless capture of new houses being erected, we also covered initial pre-construction phases of work, so as to represent the entire transformation at this military base. This required strategic repositioning of our camera systems on various occasions to record every possible angle of this development.

Completed Beacon Barracks housing development

Above: our flexible approach & experience when time-lapsing sensitive projects ensures that work is carried out to the highest standard. This elevated view across Beacon Barracks site reflects the full scope of this large-scale residential development.

We have also combined time-lapse and video capture to cover major redevelopment works at the RAF Lyneham base in Wiltshire.

A joint venture from top contractors, Balfour Beatty and Kier, we tracked upgrades to existing buildings and construction of 12 brand new single living accommodation for trainee British Armed Forces.

Time-lapse & other types of residential work

Capture at RAF Lyneham included a modular element; one of the multiple camera systems we utilised on this job was mobilised at Caledonian Modular in Newark, Nottinghamshire, to time-lapse the manufacture of modules that were then transported to their permanent military base home.

Modular construction work is becoming a popular method in the residential sector and an element of housing builds that we are familiar with.

Another modular build in our archives took place in Scotland by Berwickshire Housing Association; we provided in-situ video work of the modules being transported to the county town of Duns, where we then provided rapid capture time-lapse of their construction.

High-rise accommodation is also part of our residential repertoire, which includes ongoing projects for Glenbrook Property, MODA Living and NU Living. We also have a camera system in situ in Dunblane, Scotland, capturing construction of student accommodation for GRAHAM Construction.


Versatile and expertly moulded to cover the specifications of the work in question, each of these residential projects – as well as many more – have benefited from our HD time-lapse & video solutions.

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