8000 student beds and counting

Fusion Building Systems, the designer, engineer and manufacturer of light gauge steel panelised superstructures has completed its 8000th student bedroom, making it potentially one of the biggest providers of offsite systems for this specialist accommodation sector in the UK.

Fusion Building Systems’ light gauge steel superstructures currently being erected at the 2,117 student bed project at University of Sussex – contributing to its tally of 8000 student beds completed over the past 10 years.

Fusion Building Systems’ light gauge steel superstructures currently being erected at the 2,117 student bed project at University of Sussex – contributing to its tally of 8000 student beds completed over the past 10 years.

The landmark figure was reached by the Northampton-based business during its works on the new 2,117-bed University of Sussex campus for contractor, Balfour Beatty. On this project and more than 25 others over the past 10 years, it’s Fusion’s experience, quality of product and commitment to delivering on time and budget, which is seeing it become a market leader.

Over the past 18 months alone, Fusion has built close to 2,000 student beds including contracts for 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.

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.”

Fusion 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 on site 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 on site.”

Talking about Fusion’s work at Cathedral View in Derby, Martyn Hicks of contractor, D W Hicks, added: “We were originally planning Cathedral Road with traditional methods in mind, but time and cost constraints simply didn’t allow for it. So, this was the first time we’d worked with Fusion and based on many factors which contributed to the success of this project, we now have two further student accommodation projects underway with them, worth £48million.”