MILESTONE receives “International Operator of the Year” Award
MILESTONE, the international student accommodation operator, was recognised recently at the annual Student Housing Conference of Property Week magazine in London, receiving that publication’s “International Operator of the Year” award. The jury was particularly impressed by the MILESTONE Passport Programme and its Interhouse Tournament, both of them unique initiatives demonstrating its internationality.
Vienna, 22nd of December 2020 – MILESTONE offers modern living tailored to meet the needs of students all over Europe, with customer service and community management at the centre of all its activities. “We’re proud, in times like these, to have been honoured with an award like this one. It’s thanks to the exceptional performance and fantastic dedication of our entire team that we were able to prevail in the ‘International Operator’ category,” said a delighted MILESTONE CEO Gary Clarke.
CONNECT – EXPLORE – COME HOME encapsulates MILESTONE’s smart concept for student living, designed by leading architects, through a unique residential model that enhances the experience of student years and provides memorable residential experiences. The MILESTONE concept is distinct for its generous and well-conceived common spaces and apartments, as well as for its international community of students from over 100 countries. A strong focus is placed on community building within and between residences to offer students from around the world the experience of togetherness, enabling them to get to know their respective cities of residence as their new homes.
Service and Community-Wide Activities
MILESTONE’s win is attributable to the huge dedication of its team to customer service and community management. One measure aimed at reinforcing the feeling of international community among Milestone residents is the Passport Programme, which affords residents a holiday stay of up to two weeks per year at another one of the numerous other MILESTONE facilities all over Europe. When you live at MILESTONE, all MILESTONEs are places you can call home. "MILESTONE understands that modern student living is about more than just providing a roof over someone's head. In our experience, MILESTONE creates communities and delivers a great student experience, which is why they are deserving winners of the International Operator of the Year award." said Billy Kontoulis, Business Development Director Europe at ASK4. A further highlight is the annual MILESTONE Interhouse Tournament, in which students from international MILESTONE residences compete against each other in local competitions culminating in a final round that brings them together in Vienna.
Austrian Roots – International Success
MILESTONE is Austria’s leading provider of premium student housing. Its first residence was developed by Value One for Vienna’s Viertel Zwei urban development project. At present, over 4,600 MILESTONE beds in six countries are occupied or under development in Austria, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands. This successful Europewide expansion strategy is set to continue in 2021, with the objective being to reach a total of 15,000 beds within the portfolio in the next 3-4 years.
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About MILESTONE, a Value One Brand
Vienna-based Value One develops and operates exceptional real estate and urban development projects that put smiles on people’s faces. Over 160 employees work to realise our visions in the company’s three business areas of development, operations, and investments. Over the past 20 years, Value One has realised outstanding properties worth around €2 billion—and by 2024, over 15,000 individuals will live and work on properties that we’ve developed. The Viennese urban development zone Viertel Zwei and our MILESTONE-branded student apartments all over Europe are just two examples of the new standards we’re setting.