CLIENT BRIEFING AND INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION

Applied International Project 77- 707359

TASK: CLIENT BRIEFING AND INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION
Assessment Weighting (%)100%
Mode of AssessmentProfessional report submitted online.
Word Count or equivalent3000 words
Rationale for Assessment TaskApply knowledge acquired from your chosen field of study to the
evaluation of a development opportunity in an international
setting.
Type of SubmissionProfessional Report
Submission DatePlease see https://msr.shu.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_lgn
In-Module Retrieval available for
this task?
Yes
Module LeaderHelen Reardon [email protected]

BUILDING SURVEYING VERSION: Detroit Central Railway Station.
Feasibility Analysis
This assessment will focus upon an active development proposal in an international location that you
have been assigned to review. You are required to review the proposal for an investor client who
requires professional advice on the feasibility of the proposals in order to inform their investment
decision. The client has provided you with an instruction which is attached to this assessment (you
need to identify what advice you need to provide for the client from the perspective of your subject
discipline).
APC professional competencies:
The advice that you provide should be aligned with the level 3 requirements of the RICS Assessment
of Professional competence This is defined by the RICS (2018) as:
“depth and synthesis of technical knowledge and implementation.”
See table below for essential competencies to apply and further detail in the 2018 RICS pathways
available on blackboard or on the RICS website.

Subject DisciplineRICS Core competency
Building Surveying Pathway• Design & Specification
• Inspection
• Building Pathology
• Legal and Regulatory Compliance
• Construction Technology
• Fire Safety (level 1)
• Contract Administration

Client Brief.
See appendix 1
Format:
• All typed work should be Arial (11pts) or Calibri (12pts)
• You should use the APA referencing system
• Word count: 3000 words. Please state the number of words used at the end of the
assignment
• Word counts include the entire assessment submission, with the exception of references
and appendices
• Work up to the word limit will be marked. Any work in excess of the word limit will not be
marked.
• Submitted online to Blackboard and Turn-it-in.
Additional Support and Guidance
Support and guidance for the assignment will be provided online via the Blackboard site, discussion
forums, webinars and through a resource website produced by tutors.
Learning Outcomes
• Develop a holistic understanding of the development process and the nature of multidisciplinary working in the built environment.
• Apply skills and learning related to your subject discipline to principles of property
development in an international setting.
• Analyse and evaluate information relating to a potential property development opportunity
to identify an integrated solution based upon a robust evidence base.
Assessment Criteria
Please see Appendix 2
Reading List:
This is not an exhaustive list:
Anonymous (2018) Hope for Detroit? That train hasn’t left the station. Automotive News.
6/25/2018, Vol. 92 Issue 6835, p0038-0038. 1p.
Available through the library gateway
Camilo, Jose (1999) Michigan Central Railroad Station, Detroit. Vergara, . Michigan Quarterly
Review; Ann Arbor Vol. 38, Iss. 3, (Summer 1999): 354-357.
Available through the library gateway
King, Marques. (2014) Rebuilding Detroit with salvaged and harvested materials. Gilbert. University
of Maryland, College Park, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 1561015
Available through the library gateway
Marcus, Jonathan (2019) Michigan Central and the rebirth of Detroit. BBC News
Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/KnxBMVGAcn/michigan_central_detroit
Schultz, Joe. (2010) Michigan Central Station, Detroit 2010. Technology and Culture;
Baltimore Vol. 51, Iss. 4, (Oct 2010): 889-892
Available through the library gateway
Youtube Videos.
This is not an exhaustive list:
A Brief History of Michigan Central Station (2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T4rBCeGR8Q
Check out Ford’s progress on Michigan Central Station in Detroit (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiHwBoSHLKE
Inside the Detroit train station Ford is transforming to take on Silicon Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZYCH0xDf7k
Michigan Central Station’s 13th floor. (2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ityjKuulyJY
Cheating and Plagiarism
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT:
“Academic misconduct is any action, attempted action or omission that may result in you gaining an
unfair advantage over other students in an assessment, where there is evidence to demonstrate that
your actions or behaviour arose from an intention to deceive the marker. It is a breach of the Code of
Academic Conduct and as such will be investigated under the Academic Conduct Regulation. It is a
serious matter and has the potential to result in a number of sanctions which could impact on your
ability to progress academically.
Acts of misconduct may take many forms. Indicative definitions can be found within the Academic
Conduct Regulation.”
**The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and could result in you being terminated
from your programme of study at the University**
Further information is available at:
• https://students.shu.ac.uk/shuspacecontent/academic-misconduct
• https://students.shu.ac.uk/regulations/conduct_discipline/Academic%20Conduct%20Regula
tions%202018-19.pdf
Submission of your Assignment
Online Submission
• You need to submit your assignment electronically via the module site by the date and time
specified on Blackboard.
• Your last submitted attempt will be the attempt that is marked.
• Filenames should use only letters, numbers, hyphens and underscores, and should be less than
72 characters in length.
• Do not password protect your file(s).
• Please ensure your file is smaller than 250 MB or you will be unable to submit it to Blackboard.
• It is your responsibility to ensure that your work is successfully submitted. Always check your email
receipt and the submission point again following each submission.
• More guidance on online submission, including contacts for IT help can be found on the
Assessment4Students webpage: https://academic.shu.ac.uk/assessment4students/
• If you have a learning contract which recommends the use of stickers for your work please make
sure that you type the wording of the sticker at the top of your assignment – preferably in red so
that it is as visible as possible for markers.
• Back-up and keep a copy of your work.
Turnitin
On this course, Turnitin is available as a facility for you to check your work for referencing accuracy
prior to your final submission. You can find this in the ‘Drafting your work’ folder on Blackboard. We
also require you to upload your final submission to Turnitin as an aid to academic judgement of your
work. We will provide a separate Turnitin upload facility next to your final Blackboard submission
point for this purpose. If tutors have any concerns about the originality of your work then you will be
notified.
Appendix 1: Client Brief
Your client is the pension arm of Ford UK. They have been given the opportunity to invest a
considerable sum of money in their parent company’s project to renovate the disused Detroit Central
Station. This was bought around 21 months ago.
The station opened in 1913 and closed as an active train station in 1988. Since this date the building
has deteriorated significantly. Precious metals and anything of value stripped out and moisture
damage is extensive. It is now known as a symbol of Detroit’s downfall.
The renovation of the train station is reported to cost in the region of $350 million. The station
contains 650,000 square feet of space. (Detroit free press 2019)
Your brief is to produce a report that can be presented to members of the pension scheme.
This is to be a professional report and should include a brief introduction and conclusion. (around 300
words)
Included in the main body there should be coverage of the following:
Part 1 – Location Analysis. (around 500 words)
A summary of the growth and decline of the city of Detroit. Your report should focus on the area of
Cork Town and provide your assessment that this area will see long term growth.
Part 2. – Assessment of Condition. (around 1000 words)
You should you use resources available remotely to determine the buildings construction form and its
current condition. You will need to carry out research into American high-rise buildings of this era and
comment on any hazardous or deleterious materials that could be present. You should attempt to
provide an assessment of the condition of the building from a desk top exercise with
recommendations given for further on-site investigations.
Part 3. – Feasibility of Refurbishment. (Around 700 words)
You should examine US legislation for building control and how this will affect the cost and certainty
of the $350 million budget. Your coverage should include thermal performance, sustainability,
Heritage / Conservation and fire safety.
Part 4 – Reflective writing. (around 500 words)
As part of your assignment you are required to include some reflections upon your experience of
analysing the feasibility of the project. Some key points for discussion are as follows:
• Reflections upon the development proposal (following your analysis what do you think works
well, is there anything that you would change?)
• What technical skills did you apply from your course learning to the project?
• Reflections upon the approach to development in the subject location, how does this
compare to the UK?

Assessment Criteria
Name:Mark Given%Tutor Initials
Assessment criteriaModule Learning OutcomeFail
Very Weak
0%-19%
Fail
Weak
20%-39%
Fail
40% – 49%
Pass
50% – 59%
Merit
Good
60% – 69%
Distinction
Excellent
70% – 84%
Distinction
Outstanding
85% +
Part 1 – Location Analysis. (around
500 words)
(20 %)
Apply skills and learning related to
your subject discipline to principles
of property development in an
international setting.
Very WeakWeakApproaching
a pass
PassGoodExcellentOutstanding
Part 2. – Assessment of Condition.
(around 1000 words)
(30 %)
Develop a holistic understanding of
the development process and the
nature of multi-disciplinary working
in the built environment.
Apply skills and learning related to
your subject discipline to principles
of property development in an
international setting.
Very WeakWeakApproaching
a pass
PassVery goodExcellentOutstanding
Part 3. – Feasibility of
Refurbishment. (Around 700 words)
(20 %)
Analyse and evaluate information
relating to a potential property
development opportunity to
Very WeakWeakApproaching
a pass
PassVery goodExcellentOutstanding
identify an integrated solution
based upon a robust evidence base.
Apply skills and learning related to
your subject discipline to principles
of property development in an
international setting.
Part 4 – Reflective writing. (around
500 words)
(20 %)
Analyse and evaluate information
relating to a potential property
development opportunity to
identify an integrated solution
based upon a robust evidence base.
Develop a holistic understanding of
the development process and the
nature of multi-disciplinary working
in the built environment.
Very WeakWeakApproaching
a pass
PassGoodExcellentOutstanding
Presentation
Information is well communicated
in a professional report format. A
logical flow of information is
provided.
(10%)
Analyse and evaluate information
relating to a potential property
development opportunity to
identify an integrated solution
based upon a robust evidence base.
Very WeakWeakApproaching
a pass
PassGoodExcellentOutstanding
The areas you have performed well include:
• •
Areas to address to improve the quality of future work could include:
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