Innovative Stacked Accommodation for University Students

180 students studying at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus will be housed in Royal Wolf’s 3-bedroom shipping container accommodation units from January 2020.

The 12m x 3m units will accommodate those students who applied to live in university-owned housing, and are a welcome addition to the city, which has been struggling with an ongoing shortage of private rental housing. After hearing about the university’s accommodation shortage, Royal Wolf proposed a practical 60-unit accommodation solution that was both cost and space effective — stacking containers to allow for more units.

This significant project demonstrated Royal Wolf’s capacity to deliver bespoke modifications and projects of scale within a very tight time frame. The accommodation units are arranged in four blocks, each with their own enclosed walkway and are located behind the heritage-listed Christ College adjacent to John Fisher College on College Rd, Sandy Bay. Situated on a raised piece of land, the units required thorough planning and engineering expertise to ensure a safe and successful build and installation.

The 60 units each comprise of three bedrooms fitted with a king single bed, a television, a small fridge, a cupboard and an ensuite, with split-system air conditioning. The accommodation facility also includes communal common rooms and laundry facilities. Neil Littlewood, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Wolf, said “everyone should be incredibly proud and impressed with what has been achieved during a tight time frame.

This project is an example of the scale and expertise of Royal Wolf, as well as our ability to customise containers to meet any customer’s needs. The technicalities of this project were complex and it’s one of the biggest jobs I’ve been involved in so far, but together we have achieved a great result.”

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