Welcome to Construction and Growing Cities. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to improve existing buildings for a growing population, and make sure our growing cities can be safely accessed by emergency services.

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Construction and Retrofitting?

80% of the buildings we will need by 2050 already exist, but some of them are in need of repair or retrofitting to make them suitable for new uses. How can construction make these buildings suitable for modern life?

Construction and Land Use?

How we use the land that is available to us has a huge impact on the communities and wildlife of that area, and people can object to some developments. How can construction make sure that we grow our cities responsibly?

Construction and Emergency Services?

Keeping our population safe is essential, and part of that safety means that emergency services like ambulances and fire engines must be able to reach people. How can construction design growing cities that are easily accessible?

Construction and Hotel Refitting – Avi Contracts?

Try your skills as part of the Quantity Surveying team at the exciting multi-million-pound upgrade of the 5* Hotel Russell in London
1. Instructions from your Supervisor


Our client is looking to build a new warehouse on the rural outskirts of the city, and there are a few possible locations that seem to meet all the requirements.

There are a number of things we need to consider when we start looking to buy the land for our client, including accessibility for staff and deliveries, the type of land and the planning controls attached to it, the availability of potential local staff and the quality of the overall environment where the warehouse will be based. Another big consideration will be the concerns or objections that local residents might raise about large lorries on the roads, and the effects of the warehouse on their quality of life.

Counter-urbanisation is when large numbers of people move from urban areas into surrounding countryside or rural areas. The collapse of inner city industries resulted in large scale unemployment and a cycle of decline and deprivation in those areas. People want a better quality of life and they want to be able to live in a clean and quiet area, without air and noise pollution from heavy industries, the crime of urban environments and the lack of opportunities found in some parts of cities. They also aspire to having larger houses with more land for cheaper prices compared to the large towns and cities.

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

I would like you to review the potential locations that the client is considering and give your advice on which one they should choose.

When you have made your decision, leave a short voicemail for the client introducing yourself and telling them your advice.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.