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PREMIUM PREFABRICATED BATHROOMS...FLAT PACKED

PUDA AUSTRALIA SUPPLIES PREMIUM PREFABRICATED BATHROOM SOLUTIONS WITH SOME KEY POINTS OF DIFFERENCE, AND IS CURRENTLY PENETRATING THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND MARKETS. BELINDA SMART REPORTS.

Prefabricated bathroom specialist PUDA Australia, with offices in Brisbane, Perth and Wellington (NZ), has been operating in the local market for two years. As the Australasian arm of the Taiwanese originated business of the same name, which boasts a 28 year track record, the company is able to draw on its parent’s extensive experience, which spans luxury hotels in the Asian, UAE and American markets, as well as local schemes ranging from the educational sector to residential developments.

PUDA projects in the Australian market include 474 bathrooms for the University of Western Australia and 242 bathrooms and laundries for a residential apartment scheme initiated by Jackson Builders in Karratha, WA.

According to Chris Dunnett, PUDA Australia’s Managing Director, the latter scheme aptly demonstrates the PUDA point of difference.

“Located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Karratha is a city whose remoteness and lack of skilled labour and resources made prefabricated bathrooms an ideal solution. There was also a speed factor with that job, which required the quick provision of residential apartments to meet the needs of the mining boom.”

PUDA offers factory-assembled bathrooms delivered directly to site, either completed or flat-packed in cranable, highly mobile stillages. While there are a number of bathroom pods on the market, Dunnett says PUDA’s ability to offer a flat pack option, is what sets its offer apart.

“Flat packing makes PUDA’s bathrooms extremely easy and inexpensive to transport. It also means lower overheads as there’s no requirement for a factory.

Premium quality: PUDA bathrooms are favoured by luxury hospitality brands including The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho.
Premium quality: PUDA bathrooms are favoured by luxury hospitality brands including The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho.
High precision bathrooms: PUDA modules in situ at the Andaz Tokyo luxury hotel.
High precision bathrooms: PUDA modules in situ at the Andaz Tokyo luxury hotel.
High precision bathrooms: PUDA modules in situ at the Andaz Tokyo luxury hotel.
High precision bathrooms: PUDA modules in situ at the Andaz Tokyo luxury hotel.

 

The components can be assembled on site by two people within a day. At the same time, these bathrooms are of an extremely high calibre; the cost they command is far less than might be expected for such a high quality product, because we can offset that against the savings created by on site rather than in-factory assembly.”

“Flat packing makes PUDA’s bathrooms extremely easy and inexpensive to transport. It also means lower overheads as there’s no requirement for a factory. The components can be assembled on site by two people within a day.” Chris Dunnett, Managing Director, PUDA Australia.

With almost three decades in the business, the company’s Taiwan parent has delivered more than 100,000 units worldwide to date. Among its high end projects, Dunnett confirms, the Japanese luxury hospitality sector is a prominent player, with hotels such as The Grand Hyatt Tokyo, The Andaz Tokyo, The Peninsular Hotel and The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho all clients for large scale PUDA bathroom fitouts.

Completed projects in Japan provide an indication of what’s possible in Australia.

“It’s worth looking at what’s been done in Japan, particularly in the luxury hotel space, because the demand in that space is for high quality, high precision bathrooms,” says Dunnett. “As such, it’s very close to the Australian market, where our standard is equally high.”

“With architects and developers facing increasing pressure to deliver more complex, environmentally responsible projects in a shorter amount of time and on a tighter budget, the most successful projects factor in a smart bathroom strategy early on. PUDA is engineered simplicity.

 “With architects and developers facing increasing pressure to deliver more complex, environmentally responsible projects in a shorter amount of time and on a tighter budget, the most successful projects factor in a smart bathroom strategy early on. PUDA is engineered simplicity.” Chris Dunnett, Managing Director, PUDA Australia. 

“Prefabricated bathrooms are extremely cost-effective due the fact that their costing is predictable as the fixed price of components and labour is known from the outset. PUDA bathroom solutions eliminate the variables which can cause delays that a traditional build does, such as weather and availability of trades.”

PUDA Australia’s offering encompasses a comprehensive range of bathrooms, from contemporary, minimalist options to more ornate or traditional versions.

Another key point of difference that PUDA Australia prefabricated solutions allow architects and designers total control over all elements and details, including wall and floor coverings, cabinetry, and plumbing components. “Our approach is collaborative, so that the architect’s design intent is captured in fully documented and detailed shop drawings at the design and consultation stage. Drawings can then be consulted further on in the design stage, with amendments and additions easily incorporated.

“Our approach is collaborative, so that the architect’s design intent is captured in fully documented and detailed shop drawings at the design and consultation stage. Drawings can then be consulted further on in the design stage, with amendments and additions easily incorporated.” Chris Dunnett, Managing Director, PUDA Australia.

PUDA Australia is a subsidiary of modular building specialist Alto Australia, a company with a leading edge technology and design philosophy that is industrialising construction in high volumetric builds and, says Dunnett, it’s a structure that looks set to furnish valuable commercial outcomes.

“PUDA Australia aligns very well with Alto Australia’s profile in the modular space and there are clearly a number of synergies between the two entities.”

“We recently tendered for a residential scheme in South Australia requiring 228 bathrooms. That scheme had initially used traditionally built bathrooms. We look at it and realised that while all the bathrooms were different, there were also key similarities. By recommending a small modification to the layout, we were able to rationalise this down to approximately 20 different pod types. In standardising the offering we were able to make significant savings for the client.”

The company also plans to target the hospitality and student accommodation sectors across Australia, Dunnett confirms.

“The Australian market can expect to hear a lot more from PUDA Australia going forward.” ■


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