Open day: Offsite insight to student accommodation

Open day: Offsite insight to student accommodation

Fusion Building Systems will be holding an open day on 27th June at its Northampton manufacturing facility for those working in the student accommodation sector to learn about the opportunity for light gauge steel as on offsite construction system.

The open day will start with presentations given by Fusion, its clients and supply chain partners, then provide an insight to the latest technology being used in building and manufacturing design. Following this, visitors will be taken on a guided tour of Fusion’s offsite manufacturing facility and have the opportunity to put their questions to a panel of industry specialists.

Robert Clark, Fusion Building Systems Business Development Director, said: “The UK’s student population is thriving and there’s a rising demand for high quality accommodation. While campuses continue to expand, the private sector has built over 100,000 new student beds over the past 10 years — and the opportunity for investment is growing.

“Offsite construction has found a niche in this market — offering developers predictability and a fast pace of build. But while we may have our experience to talk about in this sector, we don’t rest on our laurels — we’ve worked hard to complete 8,000 student beds and know we need to continue to innovate and invest to keep up with market demand.”

Presentations will explain how the Fusion process starts by working with project architects to develop designs, then engineers and manufactures the system at its own facility, making it completely accountable for its quality. Its panelised system then arrives onsite fully insulated, ready for erection by its own qualified team. The entire process produces virtually zero waste and all materials used are completely recyclable.

Robert continued: “Developers often contact us when they realise traditional building methods aren’t going to work for them — often due to site access limitations, or the speed of build required. But when they see how efficient our system is, they’re keen to establish us as a long-term supply chain partner, enjoying our design and manufacturing flexibility and speed of erection onsite. This is something we hope the open day will help to communicate.”

Over the past 18 months alone, Fusion has built close to 2,000 student beds including contracts for the University of Sussex, The Globe Works in Birmingham, Lillie House in Leicester, Bromsgrove Street in Birmingham, Alpha Developments in Stoke on Trent, Neville’s Cross in Durham and Cathedral View in Derby. These case studies and others will be presented at the open day as Fusion talks about the scope of offsite construction for student accommodation in the future.

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