A unique modular approach to the structural design of an upmarket student accommodation block saved time and costs for the client. The project comprises 62x27m2 modular units. The complex is designed with a mix of three and four storeys of modular units stacked onto a concrete transfer slab over a parking basement.
The individual steel framed box units, including structure, services and all finishes, were prefabricated off-site in a controlled factory environment. They were then placed on top of each other on the post tensioned transfer slab over the basement parking and services were connected.
Walkways and staircases were the only elements built on site. The concrete walkways between modular units were cast onto Bondek and structural steel. Staircases were constructed from structural steel, as were the roof and gable ends, which “clipped” onto the pod frames.
Construction was completed within six months.
The quality of the living environment created through this construction method far exceeds that of similar conventionally built residential units.