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Perth’s tallest modular building attracts international interest

A $40 million hotel in Perth has used prefabricated modules become the city’s tallest modular building, attracting interest from builders around the world.

A $40 million hotel in Perth has used prefabricated modules to become the city’s tallest modular building, attracting interest from builders around the world.

The 16-storey 252-room building was built by construction company Pindan using modules supplied by CIMC MBS.

Pindan Business Development Manager James Allingame said the company has had both local and international industry groups keen to learn more about the unique design and construct project.

“The lower two floors comprise of reception, bar and restaurant spaces using standard methods of construction and the upper 14 floors boast 171 pre-fabricated volumetric modules,” Allingame said.

“The majority of the modules feature two hotel guest suites – complete with all the interior finishes and furniture ready to use – with a central corridor linking each module together. The gym, store rooms, lift core and lobby are also constructed within modules.

“One of the unique innovations for this project is the integrated curtain wall façade attached to each module, which has allowed a seamless build with an exceptional external finish that doesn’t look like a series of stacked modules.”

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By assembling the modules on a controlled environment, they were protected from outside influences such as poor weather and helped to provide access for trades and clients.

Allingame said the approach delivered time and cost savings and would no doubt become a popular alternative construction technique in the future for buildings with a regular pattern like hotels and student accommodation.

CIMC MBS Director, Region of Oceania Suker Yang said Pindan’s project team was efficient and professional, delivering a complicated project on-time.

“We are proud to have developed and designed this high-rise hotel project with a fully pre-fabricated façade and glazing curtain wall systems and look forward to working with Pindan on future projects, with modular building being adopted by more developers around the world,” he said.

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