Thursday, October 18, 2018

Building Towers

The new undergraduate students on the BSc Construction Project Management and the BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management have been building a lot of towers recently, first with shoes and then with paper and tape. The activities made for great ice-breakers and also some pretty good photos...

OK, so why is this guy asking us to take our shoes off?

Trying to build the biggest tower...

...and the winning tower.

Just paper and tape...

...and a lot of imagination.

And the tallest tower is (on the left).

And finally, the best tower detail :)

Like what you see? Find out more about our undergraduate courses in construction here:

BSc Construction Project Management
BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

And more on the blog here:

Undergraduate students at work

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

School of the Built Environment Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018 took place on a sunny (but not too hot) Monday 18 June. This year the ceremony and reception moved back across the bridge from Headington Hill Hall to the newly refurbished Kenneth Wheare Hall and the JHB Building. So things were a bit different this year...the photos show the story of the day and showcase our new buildings very nicely.

Outside the Clerici Building
Before the ceremony...

...and the staff are getting ready.

And being given their instructions for the stage.

Lining up for the...

...procession into the Kenneth Wheare Hall


...and finally inside the ceremony itself.

The staff line up to applaud the new graduates... they leave the hall.

The journey through the JHB Building... the Terrace.

Lunch :)

The traditional hat throw...

...and the hat that had to be rescued.

The photographers gallery...

...the undergraduate prizes...

...and the postgraduate prizes.

Now that you've graduated, don't forget to keep in touch. Join one of our alumni groups on LinkedIn...a great way of keeping in touch with your mates and the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes. We use our groups to post job opportunities, source mentors (for the Real Estate Mentoring Scheme), share news and to use your experiences to inform our course development, so make sure you join!

Real Estate Management
Construction, QS and Project Management
Urban Design, Planning and Development
Real Estate Investment Finance (REIF)

Finally, for yet more photos, take a look at the SBE Graduation 2018 album on the School of the Built Environment Facebook page.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Netherlands Field Trip 2018

The field trip to The Netherlands is an annual event which brings together postgraduate and undergraduate students from across four MSc and two BSc programmes in the School of the Built Environment. The two groups of students postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG)) have their own itineraries for the field trip, both of which aim to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the students' programmes, to develop team skills and to build relationships. Site visits and walking tours are backed up with a series of presentations from local experts focusing on: planning strategy, sustainability and urban design considerations, the mix of dwelling types, retail and community buildings, infrastructure plans, planning for flooding/rising sea levels, and sustainable and innovative building technologies. Click on the blue links for more information about the place visited.

Day 1
The students traveled to Amsterdam (by coach), calling at Antwerp on the way to take a look at Antwerp Central Station, the Museum aan de Stroom and the Port House (designed by Zaha Hadid).

At the Museum aan de Stroom

The Port House in Antwerp

Day 2
UG students: De Hallen for a presentation and guided tour, followed by a guided walking tour of the Bijlmer area and finally, a visit to Amsterdam ArenA (home to Ajax and one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world) for a presentation on the development and a look around.
PG students: Zuidas and the World Trade Centre for a presentation and discussion session with Ton Schaap, followed by a visits to various museums at the Museumplein before finishing the day with a visit to the Amsterdam ArenA for a tour and a presentation about the impact of the development on the local area of Bijlmer.

The guided tours...

...of De Hallen

Presentation at the Amsterdam ArenA

Day 3
UG students: Rotterdam for a walking tour and presentation at the Information Centre with lunch at the famous Markthal, followed by a visit to FutureLand and the Port of Rotterdam.
PG students: Utrecht for a presentation at JHK Architects on 'Re-use and Transformation' and a walk around the regeneration projects at Werkspoorkathedraal and Werkspoorfabriek, followed by a trip to Rotterdam for a series of presentations about the city and guided tours of the Central Station and Markthal.

Tour of Rotterdam and...

...the presentation at the Information Centre

The Rotterdam Markthal

FutureLand and the Port of Rotterdam

Finding new uses for old factory buildings in Utrecht

Lunch (sadly not for the students) at Zecc Architecten in Utrecht

Day 4
UG students: Utrecht for a presentation about the city followed by a walking tour and a visit to the Waterline Museum designed by Anne Holtrop.
PG students: Urk for a visit to an arkenbouw factory followed by a trip to Almere and Ijburg for a series of presentations about the developments and a walking tour of each area.


...and guided tour of Utrecht

At the Waterline Museum

Day 5
UG students: Breda for a presentation from the Lead Councillor for Regeneration and a guided tour of the city before returning to Oxford.
PG students: Breakfast at Schipol Airport followed by a presentation from Bernado Gogna from the Schipol Airport & Royal Schipol Group and finally back to Oxford.

Presentation on Breda...

...and the guided tour.

For more information on our courses take a look here:

BSc Construction Project Management
BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

MSc Project Management in the Built Environment
MSc Building Information Modelling and Management
MSc Construction Project Management
MSc Infrastructure and Sustainable Development
MSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management