Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Foundation in the Built Environment: London Field Trip 2017

The School of the Built Environment offers a Foundation in the Built Environment (FBE). The course is designed to develop understanding and problem-solving skills in areas which are fundamental to the environment, design and development of cities. Students are introduced to a variety of subjects that, with the correct choice of modules, will allow progress to one of the undergraduate degree courses offered within the School of the Built Environment.

The FBE students went on a field trip to The City of London on 1 November. And this year, the weather was great (no rain, unlike the 2016 version of the trip). The field trip is part of the module 'Integrative and Contextual Studies' and allows students to explore the nature of the built environment and the parties and processes involved in building and maintaining it, as well as the bodies and factors influencing design and development.

At London Guildhall

The trip started at Guildhall in the City of London with a visit to The City Centre for a series of presentations about the developments taking place within the City of London. The first from Lettie McKie (Education Manager at The City Centre) about the development of London based around the City of London model, the second from Daryl Perry (Associate: Research, at Bilfinger GVA) and the third from Leonora Schofield (Management Surveyor at Broadgate Estates, and a graduate of Oxford Brookes).

The City of London model

Mike Stubbs introducing the presentations (with Daryl Perry on the right)

After the presentations the students visited the site on which they would base their presentation and written work. There were 7 sites altogether: Broadgate, Lloyds of London, No.1 Poultry, Aldermanbury Square, Paternoster Square, Millenium Bridge/Tate Modern and Bankside 123 - click on the blue links for more information. This year, the photos focus on Broadgate, Liverpool Street and Finsbury Avenue of other sites can be found on the field trip blog from 2016. The journey in photos...

From the Bank of England... on the street on Moorgate... the development taking place at 101 Moorgate.

And on to Finsbury Square...

...the location for Patio, a rotational pop-up restaurant.

Walking into the Broadgate development and Finsbury Avenue Square.

5 Broadgate... of the largest stainless steel-clad buildings in the world.

Broadgate: Finsbury Avenue Square...

...with lots of meeting and eating opportunities

Broadgate Circle...

...and a wider view

Walking back towards Liverpool Street Station

Development at 100 Liverpool Street...

...and Crossrail.

100 Liverpool Street from the other side...

...and a short walk to the area around Brick Lane.

Not on the brief, but a beautiful area of London...

...with some great street art.

Back through the City... Guildhall and the coach home. Most people fell asleep, but I didn't take any photos. Honest :)

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