Students take a tour of housing development to see work in action

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STUDENTS from the University of Portsmouth gained an insight into the housebuilding industry on a visit to a new housing development in Waterlooville.

The group of quantity surveying, property development and building surveying students were given a tour of Bloor Homes’ Berewood development off Maurepas Way, which is nearing completion.

They met Bloor Homes design and planning manager Barry Groves and sales manager Laura Burnett, who delivered a talk about sustainability, design and the planning process to their visitors.

The students, who were with their lecturers Dr Isaac Boateng and Dr Ann Coats, were also shown the Sustainable Urban Drainage System which has been installed as part of the development.

Dr Boateng, senior lecturer at the university’s School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, said: ‘My students thoroughly enjoyed their day at Bloor Homes’ Berewood development and learned a huge amount about design and planning.

‘They were so impressed with the quality of work and design at the development and some have already expressed an interest in applying for a short placement with Bloor Homes. Observing the design of the buildings was very important for the students because they wanted to gain inspiration for their projects.

‘I expect to see some great projects from them and I’m grateful to Bloor Homes for giving us the opportunity to enhance our students’ learning experience.’

Mr Groves said: ‘It was our pleasure to welcome some really knowledgeable and design-driven young individuals onto our Berewood site.

‘The university had initially asked if they could visit our Laurel Grove development which has recently launched in Fareham, but as construction work is almost complete at Berewood, we felt this site would give them a greater appreciation of the work that goes into creating a new homes development.

‘Visits like this are a great way of introducing students to the world of housebuilding and exterior design.

‘The students were all enthusiastic and I hope the visit has inspired them to produce some great work for their projects.’