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Capita debates student accommodation

13th January 2015

Capita’s James McStay took part in Property Week’s recent Student Accommodation conference.

James was involved in a panel discussion entitled Thinking outside the box: Will student accommodation operators be the Private Rental Sector (PRS) operators of the future which looked at a range of issues, including what student accommodation can learn from the private rental sector.

The panel, which was chaired by Patrick Cox of Tiger Developments, also included Bob Crompton of Knightsbridge Student Housing, Paul Tebbit of BlackRock and Nathan Goddard of Greystar Real Estate.

Much of the discussion related to how successful PRS would be in the UK as the product is relatively new with little UK benchmarking information. Questions from the floor included queries on yield, planning restrictions and planning attitude to PRS, design, spatial densities and the importance of brand.

James was invited to speak as he is the project director for Capita’s delivery services for Essential Living, a leading developer of PRS schemes in the UK. Capita is project managing three schemes for Essential Living in the London area - Archway Tower, Greenwich Creekside and Swiss Cottage.

Capita is also delivering cost management services for the Helix Tower Development in Docklands.

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