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


Workshop A

7:00 am - 9:15 am Tuesday 27th March: Developing a Strategic Master Plan to Control Accommodation Affordability and Maintain Long Term Service

Mick Serena - Managing Director SAFM
Wayne Ford - Senior Consultant SAFM
Developing a Master Plan or Accommodation Action Plan is becoming an essential part of recognising areas for investment and growth with your development projects. Identifying the strategic drivers for infrastructure, design, facilities and student experience will help to combat the constraints on affordability and maintaining long term service. This workshop will help you to develop a richer understanding for how to strategically refresh your current plan or create a new business approach to student accommodation development.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Identifying the building design and what type of build will best meet goals and expectations for combatting challenges around pricing
  • Developing a strategic asset management plan to extend the life cycle of the building
  • Enhancing your focus on sustainability and how this can ensure long term life cycle and cost of facilities and utilities
  • Future innovation: How you can effectively repurpose or renovate existing spaces to meet changing future demand and maintain long term life cycle


Mick Serena

Managing Director

Wayne Ford

Senior Consultant

Workshop B

7:00 am - 9:15 am Wednesday 28th March: Maintaining Excellence in Project Delivery: Effectively Planning Long-Term Strategies and Delivery Stages in Student Accommodation Development

Micheal Rengers - Associate Director, Campus Life (Accommodation) University of Auckland
Bernard Armstrong - Chief Executive Officer Cedar Pacific
To maintain excellence in the process of planning and delivering a new development,many universities seek partnerships and agreements to deliver, own and operate accommodation. Development partners Cedar-Pacific (and UniLodge) will participate in this workshop.

Adopting partnership models and arrangements can help reap financial and operational success for both the University and private provider. As the University of Auckland have adopted such means, the university has been able to set a long-term goal for 2026, including the completion of the largest catered school leaver hall with 786 beds by 2020. This workshop will focus on developing project excellence through the development by maintaining long-term relationships and partnerships to enable a long term vision for your student accommodation development.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Create a plan to outline the stages of involvement for stakeholders to minimise development time plan and ensure cost efficiency of the project
  • Developing effective communication to best handle conflict of interest between stakeholders in regards to design and development requirements
  • Learn the importance of understanding environmental, sustainable and safety requirements built in to accommodate the needs and expectations of students
  • Involving current residents in thinki9ng about the next generation design
  • Ensuring quality standards with external providers
  • Post-project analysis: How to ensure your design continues to grow along with student demands in the future


Micheal Rengers

Associate Director, Campus Life (Accommodation)
University of Auckland

Bernard Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Pacific

Workshop C

6:00 pm - 8:15 pm Tuesday 27th March: Creating a Student Accommodation Community through Optimising Structures, Facilities and Spaces

Richard Middleton - Principal Architectus
Building student accommodation is more than just providing a place for students to live. It’s about creating a whole experience that encapsulates both learning and social growth. This workshop will enable you to approach developments strategically in order to maintain a high level of student engagement and experience, and identifying the facilities and spaces needed to achieve this.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Utilising the strategies for building a ‘sticky campus’ and understanding these key factors to also create a ‘sticky community’
  • Identifying parallels and common elements between multiple student disciplines to create spaces that attract and retain students for long term
  • Effective strategies for growing quality services for students, encouraging diversity and meeting expectations
  • Improvement for the future: How you can integrate new technology that caters to both education and lifestyle of the students, and ways to integrate this into spaces


Richard Middleton