University and University Related Real Estate Agenda


Registration and Refreshments


Chairman's Opening Remarks

Nicolas Swiderski, Director, Uliving & Bouygues Development


Keynote: What the future holds, the scale and nature of demand for the many segments of higher and further education, and the implications for real estate

  • With global demand for a highly mobile and educated skilled workforce, the implications and challenges for higher education leaders are of paramount importance
  • With rapidly increasing stakeholder expectations, universities and higher education providers must:
    • Deliver vital and modern higher education provisions
    • Work with partners to deliver structural reform
    • Bring about change in master planning – core and non-core services
    • Respond effectively to student requirements, desires and expectations
    • Exploit existing income streams by generating new income through diversification
    • Access the most effective borrowing available
  • How we meet these challenges is what today is all about

Dr. Paul Marshall, Group Director of Business Development, University Partnerships Programme (UPP)


National funding and policy in higher education

  • Regulatory and policy drivers – the impact on higher education
    • The importance of innovation
    • Future financial challenges
    • Infrastructure and capital funding – flexibility and efficiency are key
    • The implications of future trends for university estates

Andrew Smith, Head of Estates and Sustainable Development, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)


Working with estates teams and faculty users, how we designed and delivered a building that is standing the test of time within budget and on-time

  • Programme, procurement and decision making
  • Achieving flexible and adaptable space
  • Soft landings and performance in use
  • Integrating campus-wide infrastructure
  • User experience and continual improvement

Caroline Paradise, Head of Design Research, Atkins


Questions and Discussion




PFI case study review: improving relationships and collaborative working for real estate improvement at King's College London

This session is presented in two sections:

    • The case for change and the approach we took:
      • Review objectives and process
      • Negotiation strategy
      • Partnering and collaborative working with all parties
    • The benefits for King’s College London in re-evaluating the real estate function
    • Providing better value in service provisioning : Beyond PAS55, energy performance, multi skilling
    • Reinvesting savings to improve student facilities
    • Improving collaboration between university and private sector teams

Gordon Parker, Managing Director, Coretex International
Nick O'Donnell, Director of Estates Management, King's College London


The future of on-site catering - what works, what doesn't and what's driving change

  • Changing established catering provisions and remoulding the mind-set with creative thinking and science
  • The influence food and drink have on the real estate master planning – utilising case studies to illustrate some of the creative developments 
    • University of Exeter
    • University of Leeds
    • University of East Anglia
    • London 2012 Olympic Games

David Russell, Chairman, The Russell Partnership


Planning consents in an increasingly contentious environment - how to have the greatest chance of success in university development schemes

  • Dissecting and interpreting national policy local plans for best informed decisions
  • Identifying the growth areas and the need for universities to look ahead, to expand student accommodation provisioning to ensure cutting-edge and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Slicing through the red tape, locating site potential and optimising development opportunities even if it does mean a change of use

Neil Rowley, Director, Planning, Savills


Educating the universities to enhance value, increase land use and cross-sell

  • Case studies on how the joint ventures/partnerships between various universities and hotel operators and investors delivered increased land use:
    • Utilising land and capitalising on your customer market
    • Own a hotel or student housing - you control the flow
    • What did it cost and how did it contribute
    • Hand it over to the experts and enjoy the income

Philip Johnston, Director, HarJoh


Development funding for new build campus' sites and student accommodation - minimising the tax take through innovative structures in real estate finance

  • Changes to the tax regime for further education real estate development – why should tax be a consideration?
  • Maximising on investment and trading opportunities and minimising the tax spend when it comes to property deals for the further education sector
  • Structuring tax in a JV scenario – using tax structures to maximise on net returns
  • What happens when private funding is part of the equation?
  • The latest on Capital Allowances, Land Remediation Relief, VAT and tax relief for capital expenditure
  • Tips for the unwary

Richard Birks, Partner, Real Estate Development, Eversheds International
Cathryn Vanderspar, Partner and Head of Tax, Eversheds International


Questions and Discussion



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Student accommodation - this session will look at a number of components using case studies to illustrate best practice.

Each speaker will present a 10 minute appraisal of the market followed by discussion and debate:

  • Options in provisions
  • Revenue generator, break-even service or loss leader?
  • Working with universities to provide affordable living space and accommodation provisioning
  • Cases studies on Sir John Cass Hall and Claredale House focusing on:
    • Flexible student living
    • Social and study space needs for the future
    • Forward-thinking design for the best in student lifestyle
    • Integral technology – part of the modern student accommodation offerings and why this is vital
  • Funding student accommodation – JV partners, funders and developers
    • Management agreements
    • Capped rental
    • Direct let
    • Joint ventures
    • Local authority loans
    • Where the market is heading and what is driving interest
  • The art of marketing – the place and role of real estate at the heart of the brand
    • Who is your customer and what do your customers look for
    • Know how to best position yourself and align the business offering
    • What do students expect and what do they need
    • What is important to them in learning space, social space and accommodation
    • Why does it matter what the real estate offers – are students that bothered

Nicolas Swiderski, Director, Uliving & Bouygues Development
Allan Hilton, Chief Executive Officer, Cass and Claredale Halls of Residence Association
Andrew Screen, Senior Director, Residential Investment and Funding, CBRE Ltd
Ian Woosey, Business Development Director, Balfour Beatty Investments


University estates master planning in a period of unprecedented change and political uncertainty

  • Expected growth trends and demand in student numbers vs city centre space restrictions - the challenges for a busy and expanding university
  • Space planning - solutions to maximise flexible accommodation space
  • How to ensure functionality and flexibility are at the heart of new masterplan designs
  • The outreach of the university for the economic, social and cultural aspects of the city centre

David Chesser, Chief Operating Officer, York St John


Driving co-location with public sector partners and private sector collaborators and spin-outs

  • The opportunities for engagement across a wide variety of industry sectors:
    • The benefits of collaborative working
    • Building strong relationships and joint venture partnerships
    • Working closely with start-ups and facilitating entrepreneurship
    • Increasing revenue through effective land use, ensuring maximum use of estates facilities by bringing together universities and the public and private sectors
  • Leading the way in research-intensive universities and science clusters, working closely to develop state-of-the-art functionally rich buildings for the benefit of both estates teams and end users:
    • University of Cambridge
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Leeds
    • University of Southampton

Jonathan Burroughs, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Places


Questions and Discussion




How universities can embed sustainability through developer led projects

  • The London context and the challenge for the London based university
  • University of the Arts (UAL) in context - three major London based developments
  • Higher education as a catalyst for regeneration
  • Lesson learned from UAL's Kings Cross development
  • Energy costs, carbon reduction targets, and lifey cycle costs
  • Sustainability and the need to establish an early and robust brief

Mark Farthing, Programme Director (Major Capital Projects), Estates Department, University of the Arts London
Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability | Estates Department, University of the Arts London


Increasing real estate flexibility - how flexible learning and teaching spaces withstand the test of time and enhance the value of University Estates in the future

  • Case study on how the design on academic buildings has been able to adapt to changing learning, teaching and operational requirements during the last 20 years:
    • Principles of designing for change
    • Environmental factors
    • Adaptability vs flexibility
    • Planning grids and modules

Colin Moses, Founder and Director, Moses Cameron Williams Architects


Why, when and how to bring in external advice and services

  • Developments and trends in property services markets
  • Identifying where external advice/services can help deliver best solutions
  • Illustrative examples for core property services looking at:
    • Ad-hoc procurement
    • Frameworks/term contracts
    • Full supply line rationalisation
  • Options for student accommodation – deciding if the joint venture partnerships route is for you (with illustrative case studies, including the US university model, as examples):
    • University and private sector estates’ collaboration
    • Industry engagement
    • Benefits

Andrew Smith, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield


Questions, discussion and chairman's closing remarks