Adelaide, South Australia
ECI / Design and Construct
Urbanest Pty Limited
Raising the bar for student accommodation in Australia
Situated directly across the road from the University of Adelaide's main campus, the Urbanest Student Accommodation building is a multi-storey purpose-built facility with two floors of retail tenancies and 505 rooms featuring 689 beds.
Urbanest was built with an accelerated program thanks to extensive pre-planning and the use of innovative design and construction techniques such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), prefabricated pod bathrooms, and a prefabricated BubbleDeck structural solution.
As part of the student experience and amenity, the building offers a variety of features including an open plan food court and student hub, a rooftop garden overlooking North Terrace, a fully equipped gym, study rooms and computer hub, a large social area on the ground floor with comfortable seating, a modern card operated laundry, wireless internet throughout the building, a cinema room and games room, and a secure bike store..
- 20-storey student accommodation building
- 505 rooms with 689 beds
- Two floors of retail tenancies
- State-of-the-art student amenities
Built Environs investigated numerous items to determine the most suitable structural solution during the tender and ECI periods. These items included column layout for retail and student accommodation, slab thickness for structural integrity and acoustics, floor to floor heights with structure and façade optimisation integrated into the structural solution.
Additionally, programming, constructability, long term asset retention and flexibility, as well as the potential use of bubble-deck as a structural option, were taken into consideration.