Recognised as an exceptional purpose-built school with architecture and design that enhances learning
HONG KONG, April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Newly opened Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, located in the Tseung Kwan O district of Hong Kong’s New Territories, has been selected the winner of the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2019-2020 for Public Service Architecture. The award is a part of the global International Property Awards, one of the world’s premier programmes for recognizing and rewarding excellence in the property sector.
Mr. Stephen Holroyd, Director of Schools for Shrewsbury in Asia said, “Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong’s selection as the winner in the Public Service Architecture category is a well-deserved recognition for the Palmer and Turner and in-house project teams that committed to design the school, from the ground up, to be one of the best purpose-built primary schools in the region.”
He said that the architecture and design was “sharply focused on enhancing the learning environment for children aged 3 to 11 years and to be empathetic to the stunning surrounding landscape.”
“The spaces are laid out to promote learning through an inspiring design that draws inside the building the dramatic mountain scenery surrounding the school, as well as encourages student interaction across classes and year groups so that friendships can be made easily,” he added.
According to Mr. Holroyd, the extra-wide, 3-metre corridors are designed as flexible space for collaborative learning and teaching, and the classrooms have been arranged in clusters which can be opened up and connected with one another. “This is all about setting up our Shrewsbury students to thrive at secondary school – and beyond.”
Among the features pulled out for special recognition were the layouts that bring fresh air right into the classrooms and common spaces, the double-glazing of external windows for sound and thermal insulation, as well as the maximization of the use of diffused natural light.
Mr. Ben Keeling, Principal, Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong, said, “Shrewsbury Hong Kong offers a British curriculum that delivers a rich academic and extra-curricular experience for students in the great tradition of our sister school in the UK. We opened in August last year with 250 students currently enrolled, and expect that number to reach around 400 in the next academic year.”
Offering quality British education, the design award-winning Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong was established as a part of the Hong Kong Education Bureau’s strategy to ease the shortage of international school places and elevate the appeal of Hong Kong for the families of expatriate professionals. It aims to be the foundation for success for students in Hong Kong.
The school is located next to a 350-hectare mountain forest with an inspirational mountainside setting. It is connected to the heart of the city and homes across Hong Kong, and is accessible via door-to-door Bus service and MTR (LOHAS park) from Central and Kowloon. It is a sister school of Shrewsbury School in the United Kingdom established by Royal Charter in 1552. Shrewsbury School in the UK is one of the original nine ‘Great Schools’ of Britain and has a tradition of excellence reaching to the time of the British monarch Elizabeth I who supported its development and expansion to become one of the finest schools in Britain.