Friday 24 January 2020

155-157 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 3ED

Dealing with Late Buildings in Purpose Built Student Accommodation - How to Handle the Consumer End

After a summer where 30% of all buildings delivered have been late and reputational damage has been caused this one day conference will provide invaluable advice on how best to avoid problems and satisfy incoming student tenants and their parents.

Suitable for - those working in student and accommodation services within institutions, those managing and developing student accommodation and those advocating on behalf of students.

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9.30am - 9.45amRegistration (Tea and coffee available)

9.45am - 10.05amIntroduction of Delegates

10.05am - 10.45amAn Overview of Late Buildings in 2018 and 2019, Common Patterns and Trends Martin Blakey, Chief Executive Unipol Student Homes

10.45am - 10.55amQuestions and discussion

10.55am - 11.25amThe Regulatory Environment: What the Approved National Codes Say About What to do When a Building is Late and any Possible Future Changes Simon Kemp, National Codes Administrator, Unipol Student Homes

11.25am - 11.40amBreak (Tea and coffee available)

11.40am - 12.10pmProtecting the Developer and End User: How Contracts, Liquidated Damages and Section Completion Can Help Lucy O'Dwyer, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP

12.10pm - 12.20pmQuestions and discussions

12.20pm - 1.10pmLunch (Provided)

1.10pm - 2.00pmCase Example: Dealing Successfully with a Late Building in Exeter Steven McCarthy, Operations Director, CRM Students

2.00pm - 2.10pmQuestions and discussion

2.10pm - 2.25pmBreak (Tea and coffee available)

2.25pm - 3.10pmLessons from Summer 2019: Good and Bad Practices: A Report on an ANUK/Unipol Investigation into Recent Late Buildings Martin Blakey, Chief Executive, Unipol Student Homes

3.10pm - 3.30pmDelegate discussion

3.30pm - 3.40pmConcluding remarks and end



Dealing with Late Buildings in Purpose Built Student Accommodation - How to Handle the Consumer End

This summer 30% of all new purpose built student accommodation developments (PBSA) experienced delays in being occupied on time. Late buildings could be found in both the private and educational sectors.

This conference concentrates on the student end of the issue and aims to assist those developing, managing and allocating new student accommodation to improve:

  • operational antennae about when a building might be late
  • what contingency planning should be put into place
  • the regulatory and legal environment that dictates the framework for action

and, most importantly of all, how to ensure that students, parents and educational institutions have done all they can to ensure that newly arriving students get the service they deserve as they settle into University, many for the first time.

The seminar also reports on the independent investigation by the ANUK/Unipol Code on the 22 late buildings within that Code and analyses what worked well and what worked badly as well as looking at issues of compliance and non-compliance.

The conference also takes a wider look at why the number of buildings being delivered late appears to be rising (although there were also many late buildings across the summer of 2018).

The day includes good practice examples (including Exeter University) and the outcomes of an ANUK/Unipol investigation into how those operating student accommodation performed over the summer highlighting both good and bad practice.

This will be an interesting day and for those looking to manage new buildings this is an opportunity to understand how late buildings happen and how things can be best handled in a difficult situation - after all, this year the chances of having to deal with this complex and stressful subject were 1 in 3.

The event is designed to be participative and is limited to 25 delegates for this purpose.


Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £225

Friends of Unipol Rate - £195

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