Students learn importance of a Master Plan on the Introduction to Property Development Course

In the third week of the Introduction to Property Development course with Land Securities, students spend the day with architects Wilkinson Eyre.


Students from Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy who are participating in the Introduction to Property Development course spent the day with industry professionals from architects Wilkinson Eyre to learn about the process required to develop a master plan for a property development or redevelopment.

Developed in partnership with Land Securities, Construction Youth Trust’s bespoke Introduction to Property Development course has been specially designed to introduce students in years 11-13 to the processes and the job roles involved in developing or redeveloping property and is accredited through Open College Network London.

The course is part of the Budding Brunels programme – an industry-led careers and guidance workshop for secondary school students to challenge their perception of what construction really means, whilst introducing them to a variety of professional careers within the industry.

Now in its 3rd year, this year’s Introduction to Property Development course focuses on the 21, Moorfields site and will look at four key areas of property development: 

  • The Master Plan: What will the finished development look like and why has this project been selected?
  • Stakeholder Engagement: How, and why, do you identify and engage with a range of interested individuals and organisations?
  • Finance: What will it cost, how will it be paid for and what is the potential revenue?
  • Marketing: How can the opportunities and benefits of the development be marketed and how do you identify your audience?

Throughout the course the students are guided through each of these areas by professionals in the sector who help them to complete corresponding exercises in the course workbook.

By gaining an understanding of these areas students are able to gain a valuable insight into the different career options open to them in property development.

The course is attended by students from 2 schools; Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy. At the end of the course each group will use all the knowledge that they have gained over the preceding weeks to prepare a presentation in a Dragon’s Den style scenario, to an expert panel from Land Securities and their partners on how, and why, they would design and develop a current Land Securities project – in this case, the 21 Moorfields site.

At the Wilkinson Eyre offices the students were shown the architects’ plans for the 21 Moorfields site, were guided through various important aspects of the design and were encouraged to consider many different key elements of the design stage for their own Master Plans for the site.

In addition to seeing the plans in the design stage, as part of the programme the students were also given a guided tour of the 21 Moorfields site where Mace and Keltbray provided a fascinating opportunity to visualise the site from another perspective.

John Kennedy, Project Director (Mace) said, “It is fantastic to see the new generation of young people taking such keen interest in the construction industry. We were delighted to host students from Westminster City and Pimlico Academy at 21 Moorfields site. The Construction Youth Trust is a terrific charity, and it was great to support their work.”  

Christine Townley, Executive Director at Construction Youth Trust commented; “As ever I continue to be excited by the partnership we have with Land Securities that enables us to work with them in order to engage and inspire the future talent in property development.”

The programme continues with weekly sessions where the students learn about the Stakeholder Engagement, Finance and Marketing elements which contribute towards property development, culminating in a presentation to an expert panel from Land Securities.

To find out more about the Introduction to Property Development course or the Budding Brunels programme, please contact the team at Construction Youth Trust – / 0207 467 9540.