The Godwin Austin Johnson (GAJ) Architects designed Cranleigh Abu Dhabi school, which is expected to open in 2014 in Saadiyat Island, has broken ground on the first phase of its development.
The project has been designed such that all the buildings are strategically positioned around the green spaces to allow the best views towards the coastline and to optimise the prevailing wind direction onto the site.
Once launched in 2014, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi will become one of the largest school campuses in the emirate with open green spaces, extensive landscaping and an ambient environment stretching over seven hectares of land.
The school comprises of a senior school, junior school, sports complex, specialist arts centre and technology centre along with accommodation for staff and students.
“When it opens, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi will provide educational benefits not only for the island’s residents and members of Abu Dhabi’s community, but the region as well,” says Ali Al Hammadi, Deputy Managing Director at Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi.