UK architect BDP has been appointed to handle the relocation of Jumeirah College in Dubai – a combined foundation, primary and secondary school with space for 2,300 students.
Work on the new school building complex on Al Khail Road has already begun on site. It will include a 600-seat auditorium, administrative facilities and a dining area overlooking a sports complex and playing fields. The three-storey building, which will cost $45m to build, is being developed for schools operator GEMS Education.
Project director Wayne Head said: “This commission provides an exciting opportunity to create fantastic new facilities for this well-established school.
“The buildings are designed to reduce the solar gain of direct midday sunlight which can reach 50°C. They each look onto palm-filled courtyards which bring light, fresh air and planting into the core building wings.
“As well as the planting, a series of fins set to the front helps to shade the buildings and are coloured in the seven sands of the Emirates.”
Work on the first phase, which involves completion of the foundation school and the secondary school, is expected to complete in September 2013.