Introduction to Development Finance

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

This Introduction to Development Finance course helps you understand the basic principles of how development is financed and how to assess if a development is viable.

It explores issues such as how to calculate residual values and explains more specialist aspects of development finance – affordable housing and Section 106 – planning gain.

We offer a 10% discount on bookings of two or more people from the same company and for applicants who register and pay for this course at least four weeks before the start date.

The course fee includes a copy of any materials, stationery, lunch on the first day and refreshments.

Course content

Using a mixture of presentations and case studies you will participate in discussions, practical sessions and computer exercises.

The course will cover:

  • introduction to finance terminology and principles
  • how development decisions on a site affect profitability
  • how much can be paid for a site (using computer spreadsheets)

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • the key terms associated with development finance, and their meanings
  • the principles used to assess the viability of development
  • the rationale for seeking and justifying planning gain

You will also have developed the skills to:

  • assess the viability of housing schemes
  • create a basic model for calculating what to pay for a development site

Michael Lister is Senior Lecturer in property and appraisal. He has worked in the property industry and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He joined US Bank Manufacturers Hanover (later called Chemical Bank and now JP Morgan) as in-house surveyor on the property lending team and later as banker.

As well as property lending, he was also involved in corporate restructuring, corporate acquisition and financial engineering. He was appointed Head of Property Lending and Group Property Advisor by the Bank of Ireland in 1994.

In 2006 he joined the strategic development section of Clydesdale Bank, where he headed up property training.

Contact us

Philip Gill
Short Course Administrator

abeshortcourses@westminster.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 3506 6490