London-based Penoyre & Prasad has completed the initial phase of an international baccalaureate school in Dubai
The first of three phases has been completed, with 150 nursery and primary pupils now using the school.
Penoyre & Prasad is building the Ajman Academy for the Ajman University of Science and Technology. When completed, it will hold 1,080 pupils aged from 3 to 18.
Penoyre & Prasad associate Rafael Marks told the AJ the main challenge was creating a design that allowed boys and girls to mix in early years but be separated later on.
‘We tried to capture a sense of an Arabic city with a maze of routes, open courtyards and closed buildings,’ he said. ‘It’s like a carpet of solids and voids.’
The first phase was completed within 10 months.
Within two months of receiving concept designs from Penoyre & Prasad, the client was on site. Precast concrete panels were used for the structure, cladding and internal walls.
The second phase of building work is expected to take place from September 2013 for a year.
Penoyre & Prasad will continue to focus on winning education work in the Middle East.
‘We are proud that this phase has been completed, and of the collaboration between ourselves and the client,’ said Marks. ‘We like this way of working, as we bring the maximum value at the start of the project.
‘We will continue to focus our efforts on the Middle East.’
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