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GAJ named lead design architect for Dubai nursery

DUBAI, October 10, 2021

Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), one of the leading British architectural and design practices based in the UAE, has been appointed the lead design architect for the new Ladybird Nursery located in Al Barsha, Dubai.
 
The appointment comes following the success of the Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Jumeirah Village Circle designed and handed over by GAJ in 2016.
 
According to GAJ, the new building will comprise two primary wings radiating from a central heart and containing the reception, parents’ café and internal play areas. 
 
It will be a practical mix of open-plan activity spaces and traditional teaching spaces designed for optimal flexible usage, it stated. The new facility is set for completion in May next year.
 
As with the earlier facility, which was awarded LEED Gold certification, GAJ said it has taken steps to incorporate sustainability into the fundamental design and construction of the project ensuring its impact on its surroundings is minimal with processes in place to conserve water and energy usage.  
 
"Because young children learn through discovery and interaction with their environment, we wanted to provide a safe and stimulating area to help foster this development and growth," remarked Jason Burnside, the partner at GAJ.
 
"Our design, therefore is highly visual with levels of colours and spaces to kindle imagination and promote creativity," he added.
 
Inspired by that of the earlier facility, the design will be characterised by familiar sights from the surrounding landscape mimicking houses, trees, fences and road markings. 
 
The three age groups are colour coded and represented by three types of ladybird – red, yellow and orange which will be reflected in both the finishes and the graphics for each of the three departments, explained Burnside. 
 
The sustainability strategies will be carried into construction through project specifications specifically addressing construction waste management, indoor air quality the sourcing of green materials and building level energy metering, he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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