Roundtable: Student accommodation market has overcome crises before

“We have got such a worldwide reach. We have got people coming into our country to study and stay at our spaces,” said real estate partner Daniel Halstead at a recent roundtable Shoosmiths hosted on the UK’s purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector.

Bringing together funders, operators, developers and agents, as well as policy and legal experts, the discussion - held at the firm’s London studio - focused on the evolution of PBSA.

Putting forward the case for the sector, those attending analysed the fundamental strength of PBSA’s operational market – making it a compelling option for investors and funders looking to deploy capital even against a backdrop of economic and political turmoil.

Experts also shared the latest on the Building Safety Act 2022, new biodiversity net gain requirements and how the PBSA sector is adapting to meet changing student needs.



Taking part in the discussion

  • Alex Pease, executive director at Watkin Jones Group
  • Mark Dawson, executive director at Vita Group
  • Martha Kool, senior policy officer at the British Property Federation
  • Kieran Redford, lending manager at AIB Group
  • Will Hyslop, associate for alternative living capital markets at Montagu Evans
  • Daniel Halstead, real estate partner and PBSA specialist at Shoosmiths
  • Lisa Tye, planning partner at Shoosmiths
  • Ian Hardman, construction partner at Shoosmiths
  • Darren Cleveland, senior business development manager for real estate at Shoosmiths


All information correct at the time of filming.


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