Thursday, 1 March 2012

Trip to Heyford Park

Monday 27 February 2012

The third year students on the BSc Real Estate Management visited Heyford Park near Bicester. The field trip was part of the module on the Construction and Appraisal of Real Estate.

Heyford Park has a very interesting history: the site started out as a landing field for the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and played a vital role between the first two world wars as a training base. Until 1994 it was the largest base for fighter aircraft in Europe and played a part in Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s. It is now being redeveloped as a mixed-use site with residential and commercial buildings to provide a unique living and working experience which combines the feel of a being in a town with a location in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Have a look at the Heyford Park website for more details and check out the storage tag for images of some of the old industrial buildings.

The students were there to inspect the 1926 aircraft hanger and to draw up a dilapidations schedule. A dilapidations schedule is a list of outstanding repair and maintenance items for a commercial or residential tenanted building. The aircraft hanger is currently being used as a warehouse and although the building structure is sound there are plenty of items that require repair or maintenance - the students were somewhat taken aback by the sheer scale of the building and the amount of work involved. There were plenty of items for inclusion on the dilapidation schedules. For more information about dilapidations and the law surrounding them have a look at the Property Surveying website.

1926 Aircraft Hanger - image from Novaloca

 On a slightly different note - the Heyford Park site is so vast it incorporates a race track - for a different view of the site have a look at the following video:

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