Retail construction development inspires student project

Construction Management and Quantity Surveying students have recently been involved first-hand in an exciting project inspired by a major construction development just down the road from the NTU City site, at the Intu Victoria Centre.

Construction Management and Quantity Surveying students have recently been involved first-hand in an exciting project inspired by a major construction development just down the road from the NTU City site, at the Intu Victoria Centre.

The project, which was initiated by Dr Andrew King, lecturer in Construction Management, involved students on three course areas:

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, Construction Commercial Management
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Management. 

It has been run in collaboration with Intu, the owner/operator of Nottingham's Victoria Shopping Centre, and Laing O'Rourke, the UK's largest privately owned construction contractor.

Based on the development of the large Nottingham retail centre, students were set a hypothetical eight-week long project to tender for the refurbishment of a commercial retail centre in another area of Nottingham, taking on board the considerations of both the client and the contractors involved.

Senior members of both the Intu and Laing O'Rourke team working on the Nottingham Victoria Centre project are NTU alumni, who have graduated from Construction Management and Quantity Surveying courses. These include Intu Construction Director Martin Ellis, and Laing O'Rourke Regional Commercial Manager Vince Raw, who, along with several of their colleagues, have visited NTU to deliver a number of lectures.

This network of strong NTU industry connections has given the students invaluable insights from both the client (Intu) and the contractor (Laing O'Rourke) perspectives, covering the procurement, contract, commercial, social responsibility, design and operational aspects of the Victoria Centre redevelopment project.

The students also visited the centre for a back of house site visit and tour of the construction works; they were also shown around the site by two current NTU Construction Management students currently working on placement for Laing O'Rourke.

Dr Andrew King, who coordinated the project with Intu and Laing O'Rourke said: "Everyone at Intu and Laing O'Rourke has invested significant time and effort in the lecture series and site visits, and the students have gained enormously from the insight brought to them through this project. The site trip enabled the students to experience the project first hand and explore various aspects in greater detail. This industry-university experience is key in developing their skills and knowledge and directly ties into the coursework they are undertaking."

Retail construction development inspires student project

Published on 23 April 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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