Student-centric design was the topic of discussion at the 2016 Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) Forum held recently in Sydney.

While discussing the key design principles for PBSA, Architectus underlined the need for a clear focus on the users and the various ways in which they utilise the building and its facilities. A key finding was the ability of the building to change and adapt over time to cater for the diverse needs of the student population, which consisted of an ever-changing demographic.

Sync has recently been contracted to deliver 624 bathroom pods for a new PBSA project on La Trobe Street in Melbourne. To address the flexible design requirement, the project will consist of a number of different design typologies, providing more options for the diverse range of students attending universities in Melbourne’s CBD.

The inclusion of Sync bathroom pods in this project is helping reduce the turnaround time on the construction programme, with the parallel track construction methodology allowing bathroom pods to be prefabricated offsite in the Sync factory while the regular work simultaneously progresses on site.

Facility managers will also benefit from the use of Sync bathroom pods, which go through stringent quality checks enforced on the factory floor before they reach the site, mitigating any concern over possible defects.

With an increasing number of students seeking an Australian education, the PBSA sector in Australia is experiencing a shortfall of approximately 290,000 beds. Several student accommodation projects are coming up across the entire Eastern seaboard to close this gap.

Consider Sync for your next PBSA project to discover the many benefits our bathroom pods can offer.