SYNC deliver on flexible design needs of student acommodation

20 June 2017

Key design principles for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), include the need for a clear focus on the user and the various ways in which they utilise the building and its facilities. A key finding, as discussed by Architects at 2016’s Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) Forum, was the ability of the building to change and adapt over time to cater for the diverse needs and drivers of the student population, which consists of an ever changing demographic.

 SYNC have been contracted to deliver 624 bathroom pods for the PBSA project on 42 - 50 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. In light of the need for flexible design, the project will consist of a number of different design typologies, providing more offerings for the diverse range of students that attend Universities in Melbourne’s CBD. The inclusion of bathroom pods on this project will also mean the construction programme can be reduced by introducing a parallel track construction methodology, meaning bathroom pods can be prefabricated in our factory whilst works progress on site in tandem. Bathroom pods are also of great benefit to Facility Managers, as concerns over possible defects are mitigated by our stringent QA standards that are enforced on the factory floor before the pod even reaches site.

With a shortfall of approximately PBSA 290,000 beds in Australia, Student Accommodation projects are becoming more prolific across the entire Eastern seaboard to cater for the rising number of students that want an Australian education. In Victoria alone, overseas students account for approximately 36% of all university enrolments, all requiring accommodation.


For more information the La Trobe St Student Accommodation project, click here

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