Urbanest Ultimo

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The need for student accommodation in Australia continues to grow every year, with research suggesting that demand is currently outstripping the supply of Purpose Built Student Accommodation. But gone are the days of cramming occupants into small areas, as better and higher quality living spaces are designed, built and run for students.

Project Completion Date: December 2014 Total Bathroom Pods: 338

Modular solution to a traditional constraint:

To keep up with this rising demand Urbanest, an accommodation provider with developments around the country, decided to turn to modular bathroom construction instead of relying on traditional methods. Urbanest believes that using these modular systems will keep site time to a minimum while still maintaining the quality and structural integrity of each project.

Pods or bust:

In early 2014, Urbanest’s original pod supplier was unable to fulfil the project. This substantially hindered the progress of multiple ongoing projects, including their development in Ultimo, Sydney.

At short notice, and to prevent further delays, Urbanest turned to Interpod knowing its reputation for highly systemised processes, from tender and planning, to production and installation.

Interpod was able to fulfil the project’s requirements and keep the Ultimo project moving forward with minimal down time.

“Traditionally you’d have a little bit to do with the pod supplier in terms of coordinating your methodology and construction and how you install the pods,” says John Chase from Icon Co, the builders of the Ultimo project, “but I thought Interpod were great, giving us better advice on installation procedures even though they only came in a quarter of the way through.”

“[Using the pods] made it a lot easier for us as builders and foremen to manage and lump that into one system rather than coordinating multiple trades. It also minimised the amount of material that we had to coordinate onsite because all the bathrooms were already fit out.”.

A happy ending on a short lead time:

Interpod was able to supply 75 bathrooms a week to Urbanest for its projects across three different locations in New South Wales and Victoria. The pods were supplied to the developer, which gave Urbanest greater controls to minimise delays in the construction programme.

Urbanest was able to maintain its construction programmes with no delay to completion dates. The pods eliminated certain trades and were quickly installed, and it was only a matter of days before the walls were closed around the bathrooms and units completed.

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