Course Content
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.
Extra Information about Construction and Growing Cities – optional
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
Construction and Growing Cities
About Lesson


We are designing a large new housing development for our growing city that will provide 250 new homes. Of course, we want to make sure that the streets of this development are pleasant and safe for the families that live there.There are some guidelines we must follow when we design the roads of this new neighbourhood, to make sure that emergency services vehicles can access them easily.

Ambulances must reach 75% of their emergency call-outs within 8 minutes to guarantee funding. The requirements for emergency vehicles are generally dictated by those for large fire appliances. Providing for these will cater for police vehicles and ambulances. Congested streets and limited connections and access points can significantly increase response times. Wide, high-speed streets – particularly those in residential neighborhoods or near schools and shopping areas – also increase the risk of accidents with other vehicles and pedestrians

New residential streets should be designed to form part of a well-connected street network.  Well-connected street networks have significant advantages: they minimise land-take by avoiding the need for wasteful turning areas at the ends of cul-de-sacs, they encourage more people to walk and cycle to local destinations, improving their health while reducing motor traffic, energy use and pollution;  and more people on the streets leads to improved personal security and road safety.

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

I would like you to use the information provided to review the design of our housing development and track journey times from the local fire station to various locations to check that our street layout is safe. Send a report to the Town Planner to confirm your findings.

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.

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