Broadway Malyan to design its first school in China after competition win / by rachel

Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has secured a high-profile brief to design a major new school campus in China for up to 1,500 students, with client Dulwich College International, the international partner of leading UK independent school, Dulwich College. The new campus in Minhang, Shanghai, is the latest planned by the client, following the creation of Dulwich College Shanghai in Pudong as an independent, British international school in 2003 and which today provides world-class education to 1,400 expatriate students aged two to 18.

Since then, the client has established Colleges in Beijing, Suzhou (China), in Seoul (Korea) and another is opening in Singapore in August 2014. Dulwich also has two A-level programmes in Suzhou and Zhuhai.

Broadway Malyan won the appointment against a competitive field of international designers and consultants, with the practice set to deliver a wide range of masterplanning, architectural, interior and landscape design services.

Practice Director Jeremy Salmon said: “We have secured this prestigious project on the back of our practice’s growing reputation in China for the delivery of fully-integrated, sustainable and future-proofed schemes, the experience and skills of our world-class education design experts, their international project credentials and distinctive approach to client partnering.”

This Minhang campus has space for two schools within the first phase. Dulwich College will serve international students and consist of three distinct schools made up of an early years building, as well as a junior school and senior school building, with ample sporting facilities. Meanwhile, Dulwich College International is still determining the nature of the second school on the site.

The Dulwich College campus will be constructed on a 40,000 square metre site, with the gross floor area of about 72,000 square metres, with Dulwich College accommodating about 1,500 students.

The practice’s masterplan wraps accommodation around a grand quad featuring multi-use turf sports pitches and a cricket oval, focusing the internal on the external. The architectural development of the masterplan follows Dulwich College’s unique educational ethos and presents a contemporary reflection of the UK school’s brand heritage.

The first phase of the campus is split into four buildings, combined early years and juniors, a central facilities building housing a 560 seat professional theatre, senior school and an indoor sports hall including a 50m swimming pool.

The sports hall sits to the north of the junior school, while the proposed boarding house lies adjacent to the senior school. Each of the schools features a modern take on the cloistered courtyard, providing a range of secure, high-quality external teaching, learning and playground landscapes.

On the back of its international education project portfolio, which includes seven recent school openings for client the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and the completion of the high-profile £66 million Bournville College campus in Birmingham (UK), the practice is actively targeting the international schools sector, with campuses providing a catalyst for regeneration schemes which support local government strategy in China and Asia.

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