Collegiate UK adds to team with Head of Projects appointment

The announcement comes after Neil Burton was appointed to the role of Managing Director last month as the Collegiate UK team grows.

Michael Lau, Head of projects, Collegiate | PBSA News
Michael Lau, Head of projects, Collegiate.© photograph by David Sandison.

Collegiate UK, a leading provider of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), has announced the appointment of Michael Lau as Head of Projects. Collegiate UK is enhancing its operating capabilities and delivering its next phase of growth.

The newly created role will see Michael taking responsibility for the project management, budgets and adherence to regulatory standards.

He has more than a decade of experience in the construction and real estate industry. He previously worked for the City of London Corporation, leading their major construction projects.

Earlier in his career he was employed by the Berkeley Group, where he worked on challenging brownfield sites and delivered new homes across London.  

Michael is also a Chartered Structural Engineer (CEng MIStructE) and a member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).

The announcement comes after Neil Burton was appointed to the role of Managing Director last month.

“We’re excited to be building the team’s capabilities as we look to deliver on the ambitious plans we have in the pipeline. Michael is a great fit for the business and allows us to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for investors and partners across the PBSA sector.

“This is an exciting time to be joining the business and I’m very much looking forward to supporting Collegiate UK’s growth and to help deliver the very best-in-class PBSA for the next generation.”

Neil Burton, Managing Director of Collegiate UK

In 2020, Collegiate UK became a wholly owned subsidiary of Arlington Advisors Ltd. They are an investment firm that specialises in the acquisition and management of PBSA in the UK.

Collegiate UK has subsequently grown dramatically with the onboarding of 29 new sites and over 100 new team members. The group now has over 36 student residences and 10,800 beds in 21 cities across the UK. 

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