GAJ bags MEP, design contract for Arcadia Secondary School

The project is expected to be completed by December 2019.

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The Arcadia Secondary School will accommodate up to 800 students.
The Arcadia Secondary School will accommodate up to 800 students.

Consultancy firm Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has been appointed for the architecture, interior design and MEP of the new Arcadia Secondary School located in Jumeirah Village Triangle.

The Arcadia Secondary School will be a new purpose-built school adjacent to The Arcadia Preparatory School, which GAJ also helped in the design process.

The building will accommodate up to 800 students, and will be designed such that the majority of ground floor classrooms will lead to open protected spaces outside.

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The building will be orientated to provide ease of access both on foot from the surrounding community and by vehicle with all parking provided in the basement. 

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.

The  school will be designed  in line with sustainable  building  practices  to  provide  an optimally  safe,  healthy  and  productive  learning  environment  for  students  and  a comfortable working environment for faculty and staff, the company said.

Jason Burnside, partner at GAJ, said: “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. 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.” 

The project is expected to be completed by December 2019.

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