27 - 28 March, 2018 | Royce Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 28th March 2018


9:40 am - 9:50 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

9:50 am - 10:30 am CASE STUDY: The University of Auckland Development Plan: Accommodating 7500 students by 2026 Through Partnerships and Long-Term Leasing

Micheal Rengers - Associate Director, Campus Life (Accommodation) University of Auckland
The University of Auckland currently manages 3300 beds of student accommodation, which in itself has doubled in capacity since 2010. By 2026, the University is planning to achieve a target of 7500 beds. To meet this target will require partnerships and long-term leasing agreements in addition to self-build. There are already 1000 additional beds being developed leaving 3500 non-catered accommodation left to go. Partnering early in the conceptual stages and establishing long-term partnerships are essential to University of Auckland’s goals budgeted capacity of 98%. In this session, Micheal will discuss the University’s plan to tackle affordability, meet their development goals and how to build support with developers and contractors to meet future requirement.

  • Tackling the student accommodation affordability challenge through adopting new generation shared spaces
  • Partnering with external developer to meet both number and quality targets
  • Partnering early in the design process vs leasing completed accommodation: How this strategy is helping University of Auckland’s future vision of 7500
  • Waiparuru Hall, currently under construction will be New Zealand’s largest catered accommodation: Going forward with next generation catered accommodation

Micheal Rengers

Associate Director, Campus Life (Accommodation)
University of Auckland

10:30 am - 11:00 am EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovation of Student Accommodation through Shifting Your Focus to Sustainable Practices and Facilities

Steven Dickson - Director, Property & Facilities Division University of Queensland
Wayne Ford - Senior Consultant SAFM
Bernard Armstrong - Chief Executive Officer Cedar Pacific
Smart and sustainable buildings have not only proven to attract students and create a vibrant atmosphere, but also achieve significant operational cost savings. The South Australian Waymouth Street project adopts exemplar energy efficient design, resulting in a minimum 25 per cent improvement on energy efficiency and significant building’s carbon intensity. While this is just one example in the industry, developers and universities alike should be adopting better strategies, whether it be considering external design or internal technological systems that enable this efficiency. This panel discussion will explore:

  • Enhancing your green star rating and how this can influence the future building of more sustainable facilities in your accommodation
  • Open-plan socialising spaces: Identifying multibedroom, shared living, dormitory style accommodation and how different styles of living can still achieve sustainable results
  • How to determine which tools and technologies can help you find the balance between an innovative and energy efficient living space


Steven Dickson

Director, Property & Facilities Division
University of Queensland

Wayne Ford

Senior Consultant

Bernard Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Pacific


11:30 am - 12:10 pm CASE STUDY: Expanding Scape Living: Lessons Learned from Sydney Living to Support the Experiences at South Bank and Swanston

Stephen Gaitanos - Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director Scape
  • Leveraging technology to future proof building structures and identifying the gaps in your existing strategy
  • Decision making and integrated team strategies to improve project risk management
  • Managing the responsibility and maintenance of assets and facilities and ensuring each stakeholder is focused on service delivery for potential students

Stephen Gaitanos

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm CASE STUDY: ANU’s New Home at SA5 – Insights into the Design, Constructability and Student Satisfaction Driven Development

Trevor Hamilton - Director Nettleton Tribe
The $53 million building designed by Nettleton Tribe opened at the Australian National University in early 2017 and home to 500 students. The new building sits as a temporary home for Bruce Hall community before opening to the wider student community in 2019. Along with multi-kitchen halls, rooftop courtyard and the unique U-shaped design, the development of the accommodation encourages student interaction and to make the most of the entire location and facilities on offer. In this session, Trevor will explore:

  • Design: Creating interactive space that helps students better their learning experience and education
  • Constructability: Balancing the quality of services for students with University initiatives on sustainability and economic growth
  • Student Satisfaction: Considering the design components and participation of stakeholders to deliver the needs of student life

Trevor Hamilton

Nettleton Tribe

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm CASE STUDY: Agricola College Redevelopment – New Builds and Refurbishments for the Growth of Curtin University’s Western Australia School of Mines

Sam Spearing - Director, Western Australia School of Mines Curtin University
The $32 million Agricola College redevelopment opened in early 2017 to provide high-quality accommodation for 228 students to meet the increasing demand for student undertaking training in Goldfields. This includes the Western Australia School of Mines and the Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie Campus. The unique modular construction of the building was a key to cutting time on development, with the first of the two buildings taking shape in less than 24 hours in one week. Drawing on this unique partnership and development, Sam will discuss the advantages delivered by the new accommodation on the growth of their regional campus, including:

  • Overcoming significant university budget pressures and recognising such developments as an investment into the economic future of the university and students
  • World-class facilities to attract high calibre students: Understanding the importance of this partnership with the State Government to attain the shared vision for regional growth
  • New builds and refurbishments: Creating a strategy that breathes new life into aging infrastructure and makes it fit for purpose and adaptable for the future

Sam Spearing

Director, Western Australia School of Mines
Curtin University

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm The Sticky Campus: Analysing the Commercial Strategy and Experience of Your PBSA

Bianca Hung - Director Hayball
Sarah Buckeridge - Director Hayball
  • Determining location: Positioning and designing the building in spaces with diverse environments
  • Increasing direct involvement with universities to create seamless spaces and accessibility to the campus and city life
  • Mixed-use developments: How residential and commercial services work together to deliver worthwhile experiences and convenience for students off campus

Bianca Hung



Sarah Buckeridge



3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CASE STUDY: Footscray University Town: The Joint Initiative with Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University to Revitalise Student and Community Engagement

Nigel Higgins - Director, Planning Services Maribyrnong City Council
Footscray University Town is a joint initiative between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University in order to revitalise Footscray and deliver long-term benefits to both students and the community. With 20 000 students studying in Footscray, the plan will not only deliver a new 500 bed student accommodation, but increase the commercial opportunities and growth which prospers the university and social student life. With reference to the City Council perspective on these future development plans and drawing on the six key pillars to position the success of the project, Nigel will discuss:

  • Developing the business plan and road map: How creating a high level, senior planning group ensures both the council and university advocates for the right vision and project requirements
  • More than an urban renewal project: How strategically working with the right contractors and developing the right partnerships will help to generate confidence, investment and business growth for the council, University and community at Footscray
  • Unlocking and building cultural diversity as a key initiative to drive International students to the West of Melbourne

Nigel Higgins

Director, Planning Services
Maribyrnong City Council

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Communal Spaces and Living Spaces: Battling the Under Supply and Affordability of Accommodation

Ron De Haan - Director, Student Accommodation University of New South Wales
UNSW is responsible for the operation of roughly 2000 beds, including 1000 traditional college style accommodation. Yet Sydney faces difficulties with identifying areas for development, which greatly impacts UNSW’s strategic direction whereby up to 600 additional beds may be needed for the university’s future growth. In order to combat this, like UNSW, many developers are considering battling the undersupply and affordability of accommodation through designing and creating spaces that are flexible to rearrange according to the changes in the market. So how many communal, shared and individual spaces should you be considering to ensure affordability for your students? In this session, Ron will discuss:

  • Accommodation models that enable better shared spaces and facilities as an affordable solution for students
  • Overcoming the barriers to construction costs or planning restrictions with developers to continuously meet supply and affordability in the long term
  • Understanding what drives the international market in Australian universities to cater to expectations and what strategic plans Universities and accommodation providers should put in place to maintain commercial competitiveness

Ron De Haan

Director, Student Accommodation
University of New South Wales

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair and Main Conference Close