The day started with a site visit hosted by Savills to the development at 2 Kingdom Street in Paddington, West London. The ultra modern building stands opposite Paddington Station and is part of the Paddington Central development. It is an impressive building with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the atrium where there is a unique internal 'reflecting pool' and on towards West London. The building has ten office floors with two floors of studio space below. The development is a joint venture between Development Securities, Aviva Investors and Avestus Capital Partners and was completed in February 2010 delivering nearly 22,000 square metres of top specification commercial office space.
|2 Kingdom Street - photo courtesy of Geograph.org|
For more information about the development, take a look at the following links:
Location House: 2 Kingdom Street (2 Kingdom Street as a venue)
2 Kingdom Street (the official website)
The students then moved on to the Savills Office on Grosvenor Hill for a presentation by Mark Ridley, Chairman of Savills Commercial, followed by lunch at Savills.
In the afternoon the students visited Regent's Place for a tour of the site, hosted by Knight Frank. Take a look at the Regent's Place website for everything you need to know about the site and some beautiful images of the redevelopment taking place.
|The steel 'forest' artwork at Regent's Place - photo courtesy of Geograph.org|
The students moved onto the Knight Frank offices in Baker Street for a series of presentations on the APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) and life as a graduate. For more information about the APC take a look at the RICS website. The visit finished with drinks in the Terrace Cafe at Knight Frank.
|The Terrace Cafe - photo courtesy of Joel Knight Photography|