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Urban Traffic Congestion in a city Essay

Coursework 2 – 2018/2019


Urban Traffic Congestion in a city Essay

Assessment Brief:


  1. With reference to recent research, evaluate the potential solutions to the problem of urban traffic congestion in a city of your choice. Provide a report of 1,500 words in total for the city’s leaders, making recommendations on potential solutions to the urban traffic congestion problem.


Your report should provide significant evidence of research through reference to published sources, demonstrating analysis/critical appraisal of your findings, leading to appropriate recommendations. This should be professionally presented, incorporating illustrations and referenced examples where appropriate.

Urban Traffic Congestion in a city Essay


(75 Marks)


Assessment Criteria and balance of marks:

Introduction                                                                                                               5

Method, structure, referencing, identification of appropriate literature              25

Analysis/synthesis of information                                                                            30

Conclusions                                                                                                                 10

Presentation, style                                                                                                   5




  1. A developer is considering purchasing a piece of development land to build a speculative open plan office block. Using the information in the table below, calculate the residual land value that the developer would be willing to bid for the site.
  2. Urban Traffic Congestion in a city Essay

Word count equivalent: approximately 500


Gross Floor Area: 12,500 m²
Net Lettable Area: 10,625 m²
Rental Income p.a.: £264/m²
Purchaser’s Costs: £2,000,000
Building Costs (Including external works and professional fees):  


Developer’s required contingency: 3% of cost of construction, external works and fees.
Other costs and fees: £735,000
Marketing and sales costs: £128,000
Investor’s gross yield: 7%
Loan interest rate: 5.25% p.a.
Developer’s required profit: 20% on costs
Developer’s site acquisition costs: £830,000
Site acquisition to building start: 3 months
Construction period: 9 months
Rental void: 3 months


(25 Marks)


General Requirements:


A word count must be included at the end of your submission.  Failure to provide this will result in marks being deducted.  Exceeding the maximum word count may also result in marks being deducted. An appendix can be included in addition to the word limit if required but this should not include detail that would normally be expected within the main body of the report/paper.

Urban Traffic Congestion in a city Essay


NOTE: A comprehensive reference list must be included. References should be made to all information sources used and these should be in the Harvard referencing style.


Submissions made after 4.00pm on the submission day will be deemed to have been received the following day and will therefore be capped in accordance with the University’s regulations regarding late submission. You are reminded of the penalties for late submission and academic misconduct, which are detailed in the University’s Regulations.

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