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Nick Baker scoops Kazakhstan school contest

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Nick Baker Architects has won an international competition for a new £7.7 million addition to Haileybury’s satellite school in Astana, Kazakhstan

The London practice was chosen ahead of rival bids by Russian practice STS, Latvian studio 8AM and Portuguese firm Saraivo Associados to win the prestigious commission backed by the Hertford-based independent school and Verney Capital.

Planned to start on site next year, the 3,500m² STEM Centre complex aims to promote new links between university-style teaching of STEM subjects and school-level teaching of science and maths.

According to a statement by the practice: ‘The intention was to create a building that bridged the worlds of secondary and tertiary education. Whilst containing the standard science subjects, physics, chemistry and biology, additional accommodation provides for a robotics lab, a ‘futurelab’, and a large auditorium and exhibition space. The maths department is interspersed throughout as the connecting educational discipline.

Nick Baker Architects' competition-winning proposal for a new £7.7 million STEM Centre at Haileybury’s satellite school in Astana, Kazakhstan

Nick Baker Architects’ competition-winning proposal for a new £7.7 million STEM Centre at Haileybury’s satellite school in Astana, Kazakhstan

Nick Baker Architects’ competition-winning proposal for a new £7.7 million STEM Centre at Haileybury’s satellite school in Astana, Kazakhstan

‘The additional facilities are aimed at providing a resource for external university lecturers to present to the school and view and connect with its talented students. As a separate building, the STEM centre also provides the capacity to be used independently by local universities for conferences and seminars.’

Haileybury is an independent co-educational boarding and day school based in Hertfordshire. In the past 10 years the school opened two overseas bases in Kazakhstan’s second city Almaty, and capital, Astana.

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