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

Bernard Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer
Cedar Pacific

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

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


10:30 AM EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovation of Student Accommodation through Shifting Your Focus to Sustainable Practices and Facilities

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

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Bernard.

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