The Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park is the latest initiative from Taaleem, the UAE’s second largest education provider. This multicultural school opened its doors in September 2015 in a 28,500-sqm, modern custom build campus offering the National Curriculum for Years 1- 13. Demco Interiors was commissioned to design and install the library interior for both the Primary and Secondary Schools in the brand new building. Demco worked
closely with the school team and local building contractor, to create 21st Century library and learning spaces to meet the needs of a wide range of students.
The library for Stage One (Years 1 – 6) was completed first and consists of a bright, modern space blending the very latest thinking and practice in library design and furnishings for educational spaces. An important part of the design brief was to focus on creating innovative spaces. This is in line with Shaikh Mansour’s announcement that school-governing bodies will, in future, use innovation as a criterion to evaluate the performance of Dubai schools.
Demco’s design team created the much longed for WOW factor with bespoke shelving, IT benching workstations and amphitheatre style seating which is very popular in UK schools. The high white gloss finish of the shelving looks bright and fresh and is offset with pops of colour via the seating, tables, end panels and chairs. One example of Demco’s commitment to the project is the craftsmanship taken in fitting IT work benching around the curve of a wall and a central column. The curve was first templated and then the benching meticulously cut and fitted on site to match exactly the curve of the columns. This is attention to detail at its very best.
The area offers spaces for all different types of activities and learning, from quiet zones to large tables for group working or for students to spread out, kinderboxes provide storage for large reading books for younger students and the white shelving carries fiction and nonfiction stock.
The cleverly designed suspended seating in the Secondary School library
A striking glass stairway spirals upwards and leads straight into the second school area. Demco continued the same theme of brilliant, white bespoke shelving throughout the L shaped space. For added flexibility the shelving is on castors making it easy to move and create different spaces for a range of activities. The adult furnishings for older students carry a very British theme of red, white and blue and are used to break up areas and give students spaces to hangout, chat or work from laptops and tablets. Funky soft seating in bright blue is located around cafe style white tables so that students can work in small groups, the blue is repeated on the shelving end panels coordinating the red, white and blue theme. A unique feature designed, manufactured and installed by Demco is, what appears to be, suspended seating between shelving bays. This is a cleverly designed trick of the eye using a mirrored support that makes the seat look as if it is suspended in mid air. An innovation sure to be loved by students!
Andy Meadows, Senior Commercial Project Manager, Demco Interiors said: ÔÇ£It has been a very different experience working in 40+ degree temperatures but we can safely say that the end result is very cool! The two projects took place over a two year period and I think demonstrates our brilliant designs, the quality of our furnishings and the craftsmanship of our manufacturing and installation. Excellent logistics and project management were key if we wanted to deliver on client expectations and maintain our 90% – 100% first time right installation record. We now look back at images of the two libraries and think to ourselves what lucky students to have such fantastic learning spaces that are sustainable for a very long time.ÔÇØ
The first phase of students entered the school in September 2015 and the Secondary School is ready to take the first phase of older students from September 2016.
Two fantastic new libraries that demonstrate the very best of British design and manufacturing.
See a virtual tour of the school and the children’s library here: