Herfordshire’s Haileybury School established Haileybury Almaty – the first British public school to ever open in Central Asia – in September 2008, adding an additional school in the capital Astana three years later.
Work on a new $5m kindergarten at Haileybury Astana is due to start later this year following a strategic review and feasibility study undertaken by the team at Pick Everard.
Paul Knifton, associate architect at Pick Everard, has been working on the project. He said: “Haileybury is a very well respected school with former pupils including the likes of Rudyard Kipling and playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, and we are absolutely delighted to be working with them to deliver a brand new kindergarten in Astana.
“Initially we undertook a strategic review and will be delivering architecture services for the new build school, which presents a number of unique challenges due to its location in Kazakhstan.
“Temperatures in Astana range from minus 30 in the winter months and can top 40 degrees during the summer, so the school building has to be able to cope with such dramatic variations in temperature by housing all of the facilities normally required outdoors inside so that they can be used all year round.”