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Torsion reveal innovative sustainability measures for latest PBSA

Torsion has revealed its innovative sustainability measures for its latest purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Lincoln.

Construction has begun on Torsion Development’s new Pine Mill scheme. The purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme will provide rooms for University of Lincoln students. Pine Mill is being delivered by Torsion Developments in a joint venture with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC. 

The site is close to Morrisons on Tritton Road. The four storey development will include 361 en-suite bedrooms including seven accessible ground floor en-suite bedrooms. The townhouses will be arranged in a series of seven, four storey linear blocks, which overlook private and secure landscaped courtyards.

With frame contractor Sigmat working to a 28 week development schedule, they’re using a range of sustainable building techniques and ensuring the development does not disrupt the surrounding environment. Pine Mill is due to be completed ahead of the 2021 -2022 academic year.

“We have a number of measures in place to ensure our construction work does not disturb surrounding ecology. To protect local wildlife in the dyke adjoining the site, we have fenced the area off, introducing a silt trap to ensure that surface water from the site doesn’t contaminate the dyke. We are also segregating waste and have ensured a number of existing trees, ones without specific preservation orders, have been retained.”

David Worsley, Director, Torsion Development

With the construction industry ramping up its use of modular construction, early engagement in the design process has enabled the project team to take advantage of the offsite manufacturing process – with 400 plasterboard packs and 354 bathroom pods being craned in. 

While the process uses all the same materials, standards and codes as conventional buildings, a light-weight steel frame construction made up in the factory negates the need for onsite build and avoids excess waste. The offsite construction allows Torsion and Sigmat to complete the build in around half the time – with less risk of complaints about noise and disruption on site. The PBSA scheme also employs a sustainable drainage system, with top water attenuation ensuring that the main drain does not get overloaded in the event of a flood. Once the scheme is complete, the site will also include electric car charging points. 

“The onus is on us to put sustainability goals and environmental policy at the top of our priority list. With more people choosing electric vehicles, a big hurdle is easy access to chargers. If we can encourage the use of electric vehicles, all the better.”

David Worsley, Director, Torsion Development

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