‘Flexible and fun’ campus design wins award

The award-winning Nexus campus at dusk, adding energy and grace to the colours of twilight on the Pan Island Expressway.

Nexus International School’s (Singapore) new campus at Aljunied has just received another accolade, namely the Construction Excellence Award under the Institutional Building Award category from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.

This recognition came soon after Nexus received the Gold Award for Architecture Design from the 7th CREDAWARD 2020-2021, a testimony to the new campus’ iconic design that emphasises architectural aesthetics, environmental protection, user experience and economic benefits.

The BCA Excellence Award accords recognition for construction excellence of the highest standards in Singapore.

This year, only a total of five excellence awards were conferred out of 18 nominations, of which the Jewel Changi Airport was also a winner.

Taylor’s Education Group (Taylor’s), which won the award from the Singapore Economic Development Board for the Aljunied property in 2015, appointed Straits Construction (Straits) to lead the construction of Nexus’ new iconic flagship campus.

This new campus was designed by global architecture firm Broadway Malyan (Broadway), to accommodate up to 2,000 learners.

With an investment of SGD200mil (RM618mil), Taylor’s worked with Straits and Broadway to crystallise their vision of creating a state-of-the-art campus with the most innovative pedagogical ethos and world-class academic and sports facilities.

Nexus at Aljunied was completed in November 2019, six months ahead of schedule.

The campus is centrally located in Singapore, fronting the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) and sits on approximately 3.6ha of land.

This innovative 12-storey campus accommodates two-year grades on each “learning level”, unified by a range of high-quality shared facilities throughout.

This landmark building represents Nexus’ vision for advanced thinking and a positive learning atmosphere.

The spaces within and around form an “integrated campus” where learners can move freely within the learning environments and where teachers can teach in innovative ways that challenge traditional teaching methods.

Each campus floor has its own unique open-plan classrooms, with learning spaces designed around flexibility — equipped with movable custom furniture fitted with acoustic panels, so teachers and learners can adjust the size of the space to suit different teaching scenarios.

Rather than confined classroom spaces, learners have the luxury to design their learning space, making it more flexible and fun — the bedrock of creativity and innovation.

The design of the campus integrates environmentally sustainable features as part of efforts to preserve the environment.

Extensive use of passive energy such as natural light and ventilation, landscape, eco-friendly building materials and energy management systems provides a conducive and efficient learning environment.

“Winning the Construction Excellence Award from BCA almost immediately after winning the Gold Award from CREDAWARD is a true testament to the painstaking details that have been put in to ensure that Nexus Aljunied campus becomes the definition of what a world-class flexible learning space should look like,” said Taylor’s Schools president BK Gan.

He added: “The Nexus brand was designed with 21st century learners in mind.

“Our vision is to deliver a truly iconic campus which will not only embrace the Nexus Mission but one that is aligned with Singapore’s vision of having a distinguished, ‘best in class’ international school offering.

“The new campus is an iconic landmark along the PIE expressway, with a design that focuses on innovation in pedagogy, digital learning and entrepreneurship.”

Straits Construction Singapore chief executive officer Wong Chee Herng said: “Straits’ approach to high quality project delivery was much echoed by Taylor’s and its consultant team right from the beginning of the construction.

“Without this alignment, the strive for quality would not be possible.”

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