Leading the Way: Oxford Brookes University at Prologis RFI DIRFT

Press Release

Prologis, the UK’s leading developer and owner of logistics property, is working with Oxford Brookes University to provide a cross-syllabus case study on Prologis RFI DIRFT for third year students on the Real Estate Management degree course.

The collaboration, which has developed over the past five years, is led by Robin Woodbridge, Senior Vice President at Prologis – and an Oxford Brookes alumnus – who has overall responsibility of the development of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).
Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal - DIRFT

Initially, the case study was designed to be part of the third year Commercial and Residential Development module. This proved to be so successful that the case study has now been developed to use the entire DIRFT development as a case study across the whole third year syllabus.

DIRFT offers an unusual number of opportunities to learn about different aspects of the property industry,

Robin Woodbridge, Prologis UK

“Existing buildings at DIRFT are good examples for valuation, letting or investment modules, while the development of the next phase provides an opportunity to learn about future trends in logistics property in terms of buildings, infrastructure and sustainability.” said Robin Woodbridge.

The case study is launched at the start of the autumn term with a site visit to DIRFT and a series of lectures delivered by the Prologis team, who draw on different aspects of the site to discuss logistics property development, project management, sustainability, property management and logistics property investment.

“The visit to DIRFT is always a great success,” said Rebecca Gee, Senior Lecturer in Real Estate at Oxford Brookes University. “The team has given the students a fantastic insight into the logistics market and the site itself. The students will now be able to build on this foundation as they progress through their final year.”