Tuesday, 28 February 2017

BSc Real Estate Management: the Bristol Field Trip

This year (on 6 February 2017), the third year students on the BSc Real Estate Management headed off to Bristol for the annual PPT (Professional Practice Test) residential visit. The visit provides the students with an opportunity to study a local property market (in a location away from the south-east) and to apply all aspects of the real estate management subject disciplines to locally based case study problem solving.

And so to Bristol...Bristol is a city straddling the River Avon in the southwest of England with a prosperous maritime history. Amongst (many) other things, Bristol is home to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and (was home) to its equally famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is also home to two rival football teams (as many big cities are), a great harbourside and some rather famous street art (and Banksy). It is also a very beautiful and thriving city. Well worth a visit. Take a look a the red links to find out a bit more.

A Banksy original. On a wall in Bristol.

This is what the students got up to in Bristol (photos by Mike Patrick)...

At Cribbs Causeway with PJ (Paul Jenkins)

On the first day, the students started with a visit to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, a shopping centre managed by Intu. They had a tour and a presentation on the development from Greg Wilson, Asset Manager at Intu. After lunch the students visited Lakeshore, a residential development by Urban Splash and listened to a presentation from David Caird of Ferguson Mann Architects, specialists in conservation/regeneration projects.

The students at Lakeshore and the Lakeshore video (below)...

Back at the hotel, the day finished with a presentation about the retail market in Bristol, by Nick Allen, Investment Partner at Cushman & Wakefield, the coursework briefing and a group meal. Tuesday 7 February started with a talk on the office market in Bristol, given by Hannah Waterhouse (Associate Director), Lydia Riches (Graduate Surveyor and an Oxford Brookes BSc REM alumni) and Ross Wigley (Graduate Surveyor), all from JLL. The day continued with a tour of the commercial areas of the city which included...

...a boat tour of the city, hosted by JLL.

The presentation from JLL (Lydia Riches is presenting)

The rest of the day and the next day (Wednesday 8 February) were spent working in groups, researching sites and preparing project presentations for the  PPT vivas which were held on the final day. Then back to Oxford.

Interested? More information about the BSc Real Estate Management here.

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