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Work starts on Bogle Architects' Singapore school

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Construction has begun on a 50,000m² early years school in Singapore designed by Bogle Architects

When completed The Early Years International School will be able to hold 2,000 children aged from 18 months to five years pupils as well as 400 members of staff.

Bogle Architects was founded by Ian Bogle after he departed BFLS (Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver) in 2012 and now has studios in London, Prague and Hong Kong.

The practice’s design for the 50,000m² school building is arranged into ‘clusters’, stacked vertically over five or six floors as interlocking and overlapping blocks.

Each cluster has four classrooms with green walls and external balconies for play.


The clusters sit on a podium level linking to the bus, car, taxi and pedestrian entrances, as well as external play space, a swimming pool, a multifunctional hall, and specialist classrooms for art, music and dance

Project Leader Holm Bethge said: ‘It’s vast scale and transport implications have led us to find new solutions while keeping our design true to the concept of the ‘nursery at the end of the road.’

External ETFE canopies on the street frontage provide protection from the weather.

Designed in collaboration with education experts and local outfit A61 Architects, the project is due for completion in 2017.

Project data

Architects: Bogle Architects
Location: Singapore
Type Of Project: Education
Structural Engineers: Aecom
Project (Local) Architect: A61 Architects
Design Team: Bogle Architects
Client: Cognita Asia
Funding: Undisclosed
Tender date: February 2015
Start on site date: July 2015
Contract duration: 26 months
Gross internal floor area: 50,000m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design and Build
Total cost: Undisclosed
M&E consultant: Aecom
Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership
Landscape consultant: Coen Design
Main contractor: Lend Lease Singapore
Education Consultants: Professor Gary Moore from Sydney University and Early Years educationalist Rosie Long.
Annual co2 emissions: Undisclosed

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