Type of building

Type of building


Students’ expectations are now more akin to a hotel room, in terms of the quality of comfort and fittings. Whether operator-let or direct-let, your drylining choices will help:

  • Maximise property value by releasing valuable floorspace by using a thinner profile, single layer partition system
  • Achieve outstanding acoustic performance and provide high levels of fire protection
  • Deal with high humidity areas
  • Protect high traffic areas
  • Enhance aesthetics




GTEC Shaftwall range use a specially designed system to protect voids and shafts in hotels or student accommodation buildings. It resists pressure changes and enables installation from one side of the shaft only.

Fire protection shaftwall systems typically needed for:

  • Service shafts and plant rooms
  • Stairways and isolated passageways
  • Lift shafts


The GTEC range of metal stud profiles provides system solutions for hotel and student accommodation building projects. Combining the right plasterboard, fixings, frame and finishing products gives partition solutions up to the most demanding levels of fire, acoustic and thermal performance.

Partition systems are typically needed for:

  • Bedrooms
  • Corridors and foyers 
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Partition walls including wet areas
  • Stairways and common areas
  • Smoke proof walls and fire compartment walls
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Auditoriums


GTEC Floor and Ceiling systems are used to achieve acoustic and fire rated solutions for hotel and student accommodation projects. There are a large range of solutions available, from direct soffit application to the creation of full supporting frames, which can be built in large runs.

Floor and ceiling systems are typically needed for:

  • Hotels, Student accommodation, Bars and restaurants


For larger projects, we add value before, during and after the construction phase. Working with the project team, we can support the initial tender, finding ways to improve aesthetics or building performance, cut construction costs, reduce build times or suggest ways to lower on-going maintenance costs. Find out our recent projects below.

University of Bath

The University of Bath is investing over £200m in a five-year programme to further improve the world-class facilities it offers on campus. Alongside a new teaching space and centre for the arts, the University developed a new, state-of-the-art student accommodation complex. The design brief was to create 708 en-suite bedrooms across five buildings also featuring communal kitchens, lounges and refectory area, whilst also achieving fire and sound rating criteria throughout the site. Siniat worked with architects, Stride Treglown, design build contractor Laing O’Rourke and sub-contractor BR Hodgson. The build coincided with some very challenging weather conditions, so the water resistant qualities of GTEC Weather Defence certainly helped on site.


The University of Salford has invested £81m in new student accommodation blocks and leisure facilities


Practical support from our technical experts

Technical support: Design stage

Technical support: Design stage

For larger projects, we add value before the construction phase. Click here to read one of our technical Project Packs.

Technical support: By phone

Technical support: By phone

Have a query that needs an urgent response? Our team of experts are ready to take your call from 09.00 – 17.00, Mon-Fri. (excluding 12.30 to 2pm)

Tel: 0800 145 6033 or 01275 377789
Email: technical.services@siniat.co.uk

Technical support: On-site

Technical support: On-site

Browse here for technical documentation, practical videos, tools and contact information.

Related building regulations

Building Regulations

Related building regulations

Browse or download the guidance document on Building Bulletin 100 – Design for Fire Safety in Schools

Browse or download the guidance document on Building Bulletin – Acoustic design of schools

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