GAJ has commenced building work on an extension for Dubai College, the latest scheme in its long-standing partnership with the Al Sufouh secondary school.

The new administration block will form a single gateway to the building’s entrance, incorporating its main reception, meeting rooms and offices. Jason Burnside, a partner at the architectural and interior design firm, said: “Our longstanding relationship with Dubai College means we are completely aligned with its vision.

“As architects, one of our prime considerations is to accommodate the needs of today while anticipating changes in education five years from now.

“With Dubai College, our flexible approach throughout has allowed us to continually adapt and update the facilities so that each new upgrade blends seamlessly with the existing structure.”

GAJ has worked with Dubai College since its inauguration in 1978. The initial master plan was created 40 years ago with the involvement of managing partner Brian Johnson; the practice has since been tasked with all subsequent development of the campus.

To date, it has overseen the design of the school’s classrooms, laboratories, swimming pool, lecture theatre, multipurpose hall and design technology centre, in addition to external works.