PLATINUM PACIFIC AUSTRALIA (PPA) HAS A VISION TO RE-IMAGINE MODULAR BUILDING, PARTICULARLY POD BATHROOM DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION.
Drawing on over 30 years’ experience in offsite construction and prefabrication, the company operates multiple global assembly facilities, now including Australia, and has a growing global customer base that benefits from PPA’s world class design and manufacturing approach. This incorporates production, quality and performance advances from the aeronautical and marine sectors, complemented by expertise from the property and real estate sector.
Roderick Grace, Executive Director of PPA Pods, says a key driver in the business is PPA’s innovation around the Lifecycle Bathroom Pod system.
“We spent time with developers and builders to really understand the problems and costs associated with poor quality bathroom installations. Chief among these is the amount of time required to fix defects; specifically the myriad issues with traditional waterproofing that often don’t manifest immediately, but cost builders considerable time and money. These considerations inspired us to produce a durable and dependable waterproofing solution that provides the sector with a superior outcome. The result is a prefabricated bathroom pod that would underline a building owner’s investment over the full lifecycle of the bathroom.”
“In developing the Lifecycle Bathroom Pod system, we also looked at how we historically built bathrooms and whether we could modernise old style building techniques. We have re-introduced the “Safe Tray” concept but modernised it using stainless steel, which is fully integrated with a stainless steel strip-drain. We also recommend to clients that we fully line the bathroom walls in stainless steel for maximum future proofing around water issues.”
Also mindful of time and the cost of installing bathrooms and minimising hook time for the head contractor, PPA assessed and re-developed its entire installation process and base material selection to make the Lifecycle Bathroom Pod system the fastest installed pod on the market.
The system offers benefits for all home and apartment owners and, significantly, commercial end users of bathrooms such as hotel operators and student accommodation providers. It is ideally suited for aged care and affordable housing projects as well, he adds.
“The bathroom pod sector is seeing tremendous growth globally, which PPA Pods is matching with innovation, quick installation and exceptional quality. PPA’s full lifecycle assessment means our products add value and eliminate major waterproofing issues. This can reduce renovation downtime, particularly important in operating assets such as hotels or student housing.”
PPA is currently on an expansion drive, now working in the US and continuing to expand operations in New Zealand, Asia and Australia. The business is focused on being a leader in lifecycle modular construction and innovation that delivers real value to the developer and builder, providing building investors with economic savings across the lifetime of their investment.
With production now set up in Australia, coupled with existing facilities in Asia, PPA is evolving its offer of innovative solutions, access to new technology developments in the modular market, as well as key learnings from projects around the world that deliver clever, cost effective solutions.■