Building the Future
2 April 2013
On March 22nd a group of six A-Level students from Pimlico Academy presented their development strategy and masterplan for the Land Securities’ Victoria Circle (VC) development site. Their strategy was critiqued by a panel of senior staff from Land Securities, Pimlico Academy and PLP Architecture at the Land Securities’ Victoria Marketing Suite.
This session was the culmination of six workshops facilitated by volunteers from the Land Securities' London Development Team, PLP Architecture (who designed the VC scheme) and the Victoria Business Improvement District (VBID).
Edward James, Teacher at Pimlico Academy, said:
"Working with Land Securities on a collaborative project based around the re-development of Victoria has been an exciting and insightful experience for the students, giving them a unique understanding of a how a FTSE 100 commercial property company operates. Creating a plan for the re-development of Victoria Circle including a profile of the local area, a master plan outlining building type and use of public space, a business model with financial forecasting and a sustainability appraisal has developed the students' analysis, creativity, critical thinking and business nous. Presenting their plan to a panel of senior Land Securities and Pimlico Academy staff has developed their independence and confidence. Participating in the project has been both enjoyable and educational and Pimlico Academy are very grateful for the time and commitment that Land Securities have volunteered to the students."
Philip Barron, Land Securities Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, said:
“This project was successful on so many levels; it provided new skills to local young people, which we hope will help them in their future careers, gave us the opportunity to engage with an age group which is notoriously difficult to reach and further established Land Securities as a partner in the Victoria community.”
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