In November 2010 2nd year students were given the opportunity to attend a field trip to Barcelona. The field trip was arranged in order for students to gain knowledge and experience various attractions that would then be used and linked to HTM 229 Managing Facilities.
Day 1-We all flew from Bristol Airport with Easy Jet over to Barcelona. Once we were there we then made our way to our accommodation. My friends and I had booked to stay in an apartment that was about a 15-20 minute walk from the centre and the Las Ramblas. Once at the apartment we found a local supermarket to purchase food supplies. We had an early night as we had a busy schedule planned for the next day
We woke up bright and early in order to meet the rest of the group and our two lecturers Mandy and Wai Mun. First of all we visited the Sagrada Familia, which is a large Roman Catholic Church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction of the Sagrada Familia commenced in 1882 and when Gaudi passed in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete. Construction today relies on private donations and it is hoped the project will be complete in 2026 to mark Gaudi’s 100th anniversary of his death.
We then ventured to Gaudi Park by foot and up the escalators situated outdoors in the mountainous streets. Gaudi Park is a garden complex with architectural elements by Antoni Gaudi and built 1900 to 1914. Whilst walking around the park you can see various works by Gaudi including the famous dragon at the main entrance and an amazing view of Barcelona from the main terrace of the park.
My group and I then made our way to the Las Rambla, a street in central Barcelona, which is 1.2km. Along the tree lined street you will find various shops and stalls. There is also street performers who will try to make you jump. There is an atmosphere along Las Rambla and it is a very cultured experience. We also visited Mercat de la Boqueria which is the cities most iconic street market and on Las Rambla. Various foods can be found in the market from sweets and treats to meats and veg.
My group and I made our way on the Metro to the Nou Camp, which is Barcelona Football Clubs multi-million stadium. There we met our lecturers and other students. We made our way into the stadium for a tour. The first part of the tour was the museum where you can see various trophies, uniforms and footballs and learn about the history of the club. The hand held audio device tells the story of the club and about its success today. We then made our way into the stadium where we were shown the players changing rooms and we came out through the tunnel. The stadium is amazing and really worth going to see.
We then made our way to the Picasso Museum. I did not go myself but my friends had a lovely time there and some chose to base their coursework on this attraction. Although it was November 2 friends and I went to the beach and harbour for a walk.
As it was our last night in Barcelona we met up with the lecturers and all the other students to have dinner and (a few) drinks. We went to a tapas restaurant to try some of the local cuisine and experience the culture.
A very early start with a few sore heads, we made our way to the airport for our flight back to Bristol. I think we can all agree that the trip was a great success and would recommend future students to take part in this fieldtrip if given the opportunity.
Using the Field Trip for Coursework
On returning from the field trip I decided to base my feasibility/ facilities management coursework on the Nou Camp Stadium. I used information collected and my experience to recommend how the venue could reach its full potential to incur more profit each year. After careful consideration and research I implemented a charge for the hand held audio museum tour and an increase in the souvenir photographs. By doing this I estimated the Nou Camp could earn €19,000,000 more a year.
Students who did not attend the field trip based their coursework on various local attractions in Plymouth such as the aquarium and museum.