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Purpose Built Student Accommodation Forum

Addressing the key challenges that will be faced meeting the demand for purpose built student accommodation in Australia.

17-18 Oct 2017 | Parkroyal Darling Harbour

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Demand for purpose built student accommodation is at an all-time high.

With US and UK borders tightening, Australia’s already substantial international student population has seen strong, continued growth; adding to its existing estimated shortfall of 300,000 beds.

Informa’s Purpose Built Student Accommodation Forum will explore the challenges of meeting this demand, analysing the entire PBSA life-cycle – from planning, design, and procurement models to asset and facility management.

Presentations from the major student accommodation players as well as detailed case studies covering ongoing and successfully completed projects will once again ensure an unmissable program.




9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Highlighting trends in developments and investments
  • Where is likely to see the strongest focus for new projects
  • How does the market compare to the more mature markets of the UK and US?


9:45 am

  • Emphasising the importance of maximising the quality of university estate whilst doing so in a cost-effective manner
  • Partnering with universities to improve estates and provide high quality facilities whilst delivering value for money
  • Allowing universities to make the better use of their assets and providing funding models that are commercially attractive and sustainable
  • Providing specialist facilities management teams to manage new estates in order to improve assets management and quality whilst reducing costs
  • Maximising quality by creating an environment in which students can flourish, with student experience placed at the heart of estate planning

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

  • Providing an overview of current projects
  • Highlighting key areas for development
  • Building new partnerships

11:25 am

  • Overview of ongoing construction in Melbourne and Perth
  • What are GSA doing differently to enhance student experience and satisfaction
  • Outlining where GSA’s focus across Australia will be

12:00 pm

  • Providing an overview of current projects and innovations in delivery
  • Where is CLV looking to develop and expand its presence?
  • Ongoing operations of current PBSA facilities

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:35 pm

  • High rise living
  • New college vs traditional college model
  • Affordability challenges
  • Education spaces in student housing
  • Co-living – “student housing for grownups”

2:10 pm

  • Outlining the synergy between student accommodation design and education facility design
  • Incorporating what students want
  • Preparing design for advances in technology and changing living habits

Student accommodation is more than a place to sleep and study, it is a home where a sense of community is supported by urbanistic social / recreational spaces and intelligent architecture – students not only live but meet, dine, interact, exchange views and generate ideas.

  • Creating a sense of home through communal and shared spaces
  • The vertical challenge: innovating in ways to generate spaces for connections and a sense of community
  • Identifying the synergy between student accommodation design and education settings

2:45 pm

  • Outlining current success stories and an overview of these learnings have impacted future developments
  • Highlighting innovative developments in Atira’s approach to delivering PBSA
  • Enriching student satisfaction and creating a world class experience and product

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:50 pm

  • Highlighting the importance of offering residence to prospective students, especially internationally
  • What benefit does PBSA offer to the education side of universities
  • Maximising the image of the university


4:25 pm

  • Advancing the use of technology
  • Using technology to improve security and liveability
  • Incorporating technological advance in the design phase

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Largest Modular Student Accommodation campus delivered in Australia to date
  • Outlining the benefits of modular PBSA – improved time frames, Quality and benefits of Manufacturing Off Site
  • An overview of SCU’s port Macquarie campus delivery and logistical strategy
  • Modular Construction Challenges in modern Australia


9:45 am

  • Understanding who the stakeholders are what their responsibility is
  • Designating a representative who understands the commercial imperatives and university drivers
  • Achieving long term operational success


10:20 am

  • Improving the reputation and overall marketability of the university, especially to prospective international students
  • Engaging students with the local community
  • Highlighting the improvement in student experience

10:55 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:30 am

  • Outlining the responsibilities of universities and providers to ensure safe living environments
  • What could be done to improve overall safety and wellbeing of students?
  • Utilising developments in technology

12:05 pm

  • Involving student in the development of PBSA
  • Creating the ‘university experience’
  • Improving on-campus lifestyle

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:40 pm

  • Reducing and managing risk throughout tenders
  • Highlighting opportunities for innovative funding & financing avenues
  • Where can PBSA learn from other infrastructure projects?

2:15 pm

  • Alternate funding and financing methods
  • Raising capital to fund new projects
  • Minimalising financial risk

2:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:00 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2495+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1495+GSTEarly Bird


Paul Savitz

Director - Research & Consulting, Knight Frank

Dr Paul Marshall

Group Director of Business Development, University Partnerships Programme

Craig Oliver

Commercial Director - Asia Pacific, GSA

Robert DiQual

Global Head of Development, Campus Living Village

Brian Mariotti

Director, Allen Jack + Cottier

Bianca Hung

Senior Associate, Hayball Architects

Andrea Slingsby

CEO, Atira Student Living

Jacques De Bedout

Design Manager, IBSI

Vickie Banks

Associate, Assured Solutions

Peter Rathjen

Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania

Nick Adkins

Partner, Allens

Sammy Isreb

Division Director, Macquarie Capital

when & where

17 - 18 Oct 2017

Parkroyal Darling Harbour
150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9261 1188

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