Introduction to Property Development - Dragon’s Den

Our ‘Introduction to Property Development’ programme in partnership with Land Securities came to a head last week when our two teams of A-level students pitched their masterplans to a panel of development ‘Dragons’.

The educational course was especially designed to give students from schools local to the Victoria developments a valuable insight into the professions involved in property development and the different career options open to them.

Every week for three months, 16 A-level students, from Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy have been meeting in separate groups with members of Land Securities London Property teams, who have kindly volunteered their time to guide the students through the different areas of development including master-planning, stakeholder engagement, finance and marketing.

After two weeks of planning and preparation, the two groups finally had their chance to present their masterplans for the Land Securities’ NOVA Development site to the panel of judges, who included 'Dragons' from Land Securities, PLP Architecture, Mace Group and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

After some tense deliberation, the judges eventually announced Pimlico Academy as the winners, awarding the pupils with an Amazon voucher each. Both groups should be extremely proud as they excelled in their planning and presentation, and received high praise from all judges.

Congratulations to both teams, as this was a huge achievement for all involved.

Find out more about our Budding Brunels programme here.