UK design firm appointed for new Dubai secondary school

Godwin Austen Johnson is hired for Arcadia Secondary School project in Jumeirah Village Triangle
By Staff writer
Mon 09 Apr 2018 01:55 PM

One of the largest UK architectural and design practices has been appointed to work on the new Arcadia Secondary School project in Dubai.

The appointment follows the successful completion of the Arcadia Preparatory School by Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), a statement said.

The Arcadia Secondary School will be a new purpose-built school adjacent to The Arcadia Preparatory School located within Jumeirah Village Triangle.

The building, which will accommodate up to 800 students, will be designed with the majority of ground floor classrooms opening onto open protected spaces to the rear providing children with safe access to play areas from their classrooms, the statement added.

Large sports facilities such as the swimming pool and basketball court will be placed on the roof to allow for a full sized football pitch on the ground level.

“Education today is a constantly evolving science and as such schools require ever changing methods and use of space through which their education can develop,” said Jason Burnside, partner at Godwin Austen Johnson.

“Keeping in mind this required flexibility, which is crucial to the school today and in the future, spaces will be designed to enable both the children and the staff to use, adapt and develop as they see fit.”

GAJ said it will be responsible for the architecture, interior design and MEP for the project which is expected to be completed by December 2019.

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Last Updated: Mon 09 Apr 2018 02:08 PM GST

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