Thursday, March 17, 2016

The London Field Trip 2016...

...the first year students on the BSc Construction Project Management and the BSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management went on a field trip to London on Friday 11 March 2016.

The trip forms the core of the first year integrative project module and is an active learning experience based around visits to a number of development sites in the Southwark area of London, including commercial, cultural and architectural attractions.

George Blumberg had planned a walking tour for the students that took in the following sites: City Hall, London Bridge Station, the Leadenhall (Cheesegrater) Building, Bloomberg HQ (which has a great website), Queen Street (take a look at the refurbishment of 36 Queen Street), Queen Victoria Street and over the Millennium Bridge where a new sewer system is being built under the river (Thames Tideway Tunnel). To the Tate Modern and the new extension, Sea Containers House (part of which houses the Mondrian London), Blackfriars Road (once home to the upside-down house and now home to 240 Blackfriars), the South Bank Walk, Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars Bridge (with enough solar panels to provide half the energy needed to power the newly completed Blackfriars Station), ending up at Farringdon Station (one of the stations on the new Crossrail project). For more information about any of these sites, click on the blue links. Click here for a map of the walking tour.

During the trip, students were asked to conduct a series of investigations which will lead into coursework later in the module. Thanks to George Blumberg (for the photos), here is the field trip in pictures...


Group shot at the start of the tour. And in no particular order...

...view across to the City of London (spot the sky scraper).

At a lower level, mudlarking by the Thames. 

Inside City Hall

Borough Market. More eating opportunities.

Green walls are appearing all over London (this one is near Blackfriars)... 

...as are new developments. The Scalpel. Perfect for slicing (the) Gherkin. And (right) development behind an original facade at 15 Bishopsgate.

The Bank of England. And lots of cranes.

Blackfriars Bridge.

Building the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Crossrail development. Outside...

...and looking inside.
Finally, one great thing about London is now old and new sit so well alongside each other. It's a great city.


Thanks for coming on our field trip. Don't forget to click on the links - there's lots of information our there. Enjoy.

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