Balfour Beatty to speak at Fusion student accommodation open day

On Wednesday 27th June 2018, project directors from Balfour Beatty will speak at Fusion Building Systems’ student accommodation open day at its Northampton manufacturing facility.

Fusion’s work at the University of Sussex for Balfour Beatty will form part of the presentations at its student accommodation open day in June.

Fusion’s work at the University of Sussex for Balfour Beatty will form part of the presentations at its student accommodation open day in June.

Dominic Groenen, Commercial Manager and Geoff Grant, Project Director will talk to the architects, contractors, developers and investors attending the day about their live 2,117 student accommodation project at the University of Sussex. Fusion has recently completed phase one of its contract for this development, providing the light gauge steel superstructure specified for the scheme.

The presentation by Balfour Beatty will explain why Fusion’s offsite system was chosen for the project and will form part of the wider agenda for the day. Other items will include an explanation of Fusion’s system, an insight to the latest technology being used in building and manufacturing design, and a guided tour of Fusion’s offsite manufacturing facility, followed by the opportunity to put questions to a panel of industry specialists.

Fusion is running the open day following the success of a recent event which focussed on the private rental sector market. And, having built more student beds over the past 10 years than anyone else in the offsite construction sector, Fusion and its partners are keen to share their experience with other professionals working in this field.

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.”

“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. 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.

The day is free to attend but as places are limited, early booking is advised. To find out more or to reserve your place, email