Students from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester have been shown an insight into residential housebuilding at Newland Homes’ Broad Blunsdon Heights development.
42 students from the BSc (Hons) and MSc Real Estate courses visited the 57-home site and were given an insight into how new build housing developments are built, including the initial processes of identifying and purchasing land, building homes and finally sales and marketing.
The Real Estate course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and, typically, graduates enter employment with firms of surveyors to undertake the two-year Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and qualify as Chartered Surveyors.
Andrew Billings, Newland Homes’ Land Director and Royal Agricultural University Cirencester graduate, said: “It’s always a pleasure having the next generation of surveying and building professionals on site from the Royal Agricultural University. Every year we have the opportunity to introduce the students to the realities of working for a house builder and the different paths available to them. The new homes industry holds many exciting possibilities for them after they graduate and the opportunity to shape the communities we live in.”
Peter Smith, BSc (Hons) Real Estate course manager, said: “The University very much values visits of this type. Every year we take the first year students to a Newland Homes site to ‘throw them in the deep end’ of house building, which provides them with the opportunity to apply many of the things they learn from the visit later on in their studies. This will include valuation, planning and development, marketing, building construction, legal issues, and an awareness of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.”
Broad Blunsdon Heights is Newland Homes’ most modern and architecturally striking development, with a carefully considered combination of traditional home layouts together with modern design features. The homes have large windows to let the light flow through and careful plot positioning that gives each home a private and spacious feel. Prices currently start at £375,000 for a four bedroom ‘Prestbury’ home.