Remote Student Housing

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Ausco Modular answers the need for upmarket student accommodation in central Australia.

This project was a joint partnership between Australian National University and Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) and was made possible with funding from the Department of Health and Ageing.

Located 293Km northwest of Alice Springs, medical students of the Australian National University (ANU) now enjoy modern and comfortable accommodation on the edge of the Tanami Desert.

ANU required comfortable student accommodation facility for medical students completing clinical six-week placements. A cutting-edge design was paramount to encouraging students to embrace placements at the isolated and remote community.

Ausco Modular worked closely with P&C Builders to design, construct and deliver the home, while P&C Builders installed the building and connected essential services.

The building design was chosen to specifically meet the needs of the students. An open plan kitchen forms the hub of the home overlooking the dining and living area to encouraging social interaction during meal preparation and washing up.

The inside entertainment area flows outside through glass doors onto a large undercover wooden deck. The deck is perfect for BBQ’s or alfresco dining and large enough to hold a dining table as well as an outdoor lounge suite.

The four student bedrooms surround the central hub and feature soft carpets, built-in robes, fans and split system air-conditioning.

The supervising clinician lives in an attached apartment featuring a private bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area to create a separate personal space while being in close proximity to the students.

Ausco Modular’s teams based in Darwin and Adelaide worked together to deliver the project to the clients requirements. The house was manufactured in Adelaide and transported 1,823km across the heart of Australia to Yuendumu.

Ausco Modular incorporated industrial quality finishes to withstand the frequent use throughout the rotation of medical students as well as the arid environmental conditions on the edge of the Tanami Desert.