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HOK is preparing to start construction work on this school - the Haileybury Almaty - in the far south east of Kazakhstan. Like its role model - the Haileybury School in Hertfordshire, which was built in 1806 and which includes gardens designed by Humphry Repton - the Almaty school will prepare its pupils for British GCSE exams.

The 960-pupil school, construction of which is expected to start in September 2008, includes four teaching-accommodation blocks joined by three atria which will house 'non-educational spaces'. The concrete teaching blocks will be linked by a series of rhomboidal spaces under an undulating timber and ETFE roof. HOK head of education, Stefan Jakobek, said the region's seismic activity and the climate were not his only headaches: 'I am used to UK regulations and codes, building in another country is quite different.'

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