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GAJ wins MEP, design contract for Arcadia Secondary School

The company will deliver architecture, interior design, and MEP works for the second Arcadia school project in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Triangle

GAJ's work on Arcadia Secondary School, Dubai, has a deadline of December 2019.
GAJ's work on Arcadia Secondary School, Dubai, has a deadline of December 2019.

UK-based Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has been selected to deliver architecture, interior design, and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) work for the Arcadia Secondary School project.

GAJ was appointed to deliver its scope by December 2019.

The new building will sit next to the Arcadia Preparatory School in Jumeirah Village Triangle, which GAJ also helped to design.

READ: GAJ talks design trends ahead of Cityscape Abu Dhabi

Arcadia Secondary School will be built to house 800 students. Most of the ground-floor classrooms will be built so they open out onto open play areas for children.

Construction work will include building a swimming pool, a full-size football pitch, and a basketball court on the roof of the school.

GAJ said the Arcadia Secondary School would be built “in line with sustainable building practices”.

"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 GAJ.

"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's other education projects include an administration block for Dubai College, which selected the company to work on the project in February 2017.

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