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Over the past ten years, the popularity of an International Bilingual French education as provided by IFS has grown. In response to this growth, IFS needed to expand the school’s infrastructure to accommodate the influx of a larger intake of students. The new development includes the extension of Elementary school and a new Kindergarten within the same campus.
The new IFS Kindergarten is a building built for children. Based fundamentally on the principle that fencing children is not a good idea, a new open-structure layout is designed to encourage greater collaboration, creativity and stimulus for learning. At the same time, the new facility maintains the high safety standards IFS already has in place.
The extension of the Elementary school consists of 1 new 5-storey Classroom block and one new 8-storey Administration & Ancillary building, while the new kindergarten consists of 3 blocks of a 3-storey building. The total newly built gross floor area is approximately 22,800 sq.m. All new installations are inter-connected and further linked back to existing facilities at the 2nd storey to form a seamless circulation and, simultaneously, fully sheltered to mitigate environmental impacts. Also included in the project are additional Administration blocks. The Administration Block houses supporting facilities such as the sports hall, multi-purpose hall, a 300-seat auditorium, ancillary staff offices and a staff recreation room with a roof terrace.
Summary of new facilities:Elementary – 28 classrooms, common facilities, canteen, play court, sports hall, learning rooms, 350-seat auditorium and offices, roof garden, solar panels and a supplementary elementary canteen, of 280 sq.m. to seat up to 186 students.
Kindergarten – 24 villa-type clustered classrooms, library, sports room, common areas, teachers rooms, teachers’ rest areas, multi-purpose hall, canteen, offices, roof garden, solar panels (zero-energy building), iconic metal “rain-tree” canopy and art mural wall.
Building orientation, local wind effects, solar path and noise level were considered in planning the buildings to enhance natural ventilation and daylight opportunities, creating quality indoor and outdoor environments. Precast modular structural members and façade panels are integrated into all the new buildings to enhance the efficiency of construction buildability. All classroom windows in the Elementary blocks are designed to be north-south oriented to minimise solar heat gain and maximise natural daylighting.The Kindergarten blocks are sensitively designed at 3-storey height to blend in harmoniously with the adjacent existing 3-storey landed houses. The lush planting of landscape greeneries at the site boundary and a distanced building setback help to minimise disturbance to the neighbours. The learning garden on one of the block’s rooftops is an educational garden with landscape greeneries, educational farming and solar panels. It creates an active learning environment for the students to have hands-on experience with sustainability-related features.
Common circulation spaces and staircases located in between the blocks are designed to be naturally ventilated. Whereas the internal classroom space has adopted a hybrid cooling strategy, air-conditioning combines with mechanical fans controlled by intelligent sensors to reduce energy consumption. All cluster façade to be developed with views towards outdoor play courts to promote visual interaction.
The new development will become a landmark for school buildings in Singapore by targeting to be the first Zero Energy Kindergarten Building.
Mature trees on site are being conserved, green spaces, awareness of ecology, and green living is promoted through intensive landscaping, roof greening, and rooftop farming. Singapore’s National Water Agency – PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) Programme is implemented with rain gardens filtering rainwater collected from the shelter canopies.
Kindergarten classrooms form a self-sustainable cluster for a particular age group of students. There is a total of 6 clusters across the three blocks. Each cluster – the Villa Concept – consists of four large classrooms, one language room, one teacher room and a large common area at the centre of the cluster. The flexible common area is an open space to cater for different learning experiences for students. Oversized sliding glass doors in the classrooms provide space planning flexibility to cater to various activities within the cluster. Dedicated student toilets are located within the cluster to minimise movement across different spaces with enhanced security.
Below are Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd key project personnel and their contact information:
1) Public Relations Officer: Ms Esther Koh / [email protected] / 9638 4292
2) Senior Project Manager: Soh Lip Hong / [email protected] / 9665 7578
Alternatively, you may send your query email to: [email protected].
Following the awarding of the tender, access to the site and the start of fencing, hoarding etc, will begin on the 14th Nov 2022. Other key dates are January 2023 groundbreaking and December 2023 completion of the super-structure. The project is scheduled for completion around the 2nd quarter of 2025. The following is a brief outline of key dates and milestones.
As far as the morning break time is concerned, buses will still be able to arrive in the bus bay of the 2900 campus. The CE2, CM1 and CM2 students will be welcomed from 8.05 am in the gymnasium and will go to their respective classes at 8.25 am. There will be no change for the CP and CE1 students, who will go to the courtyards as usual before class.
For the morning, noon and afternoon break, new locations have been identified to welcome each class. In addition, we will diversify the activities to allow break time to be adapted to the wishes of the children (quiet games, sports games, reading, etc.).
We are sensitive to the fact that the students’ recess times are regular and of high quality, and they take place in a safe space and always under adult supervision.
Once the construction area has been fenced off the areas usually used for fire drill assembly will no longer be accessible. As such we have organized the alternative evacuation plan for the Elementary school. (Note the school extension project does not effect kindergarten, middle and high school in this regard.)All students and staff will make their way to the exit points along the main slip road using gates located in front of blocks J, M, N and P. Once across the slip road students and staff will proceed through two large gates A & B, leading to the new assembly area within Tavistock Park.
Construction Noise is inevitable, however, SG.Gov imposes strict noise control standards on construction sites near schools, and we are determined to keep well within the limits. The Builder is bound by law to these standards, found at – https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/pollution-control/noise-pollution/construction-noise-control . Of note, because the construction site is within IFS, the strictest noise controls are imposed, beyond even the standard required for residential areas.As a first line of noise control, the Builder will install 12m high Noise Control Barriers between the School / residential areas, and the Construction area.
Wherever possible, localised noise control measures will be applied to machines and equipment. As part of noise control measures, our project also calls for Bored Piles, instead of Driven Piles; in comparison, bored piles are inherently much less noisy.
The Builder will install noise monitoring equipment, which alerts the Project Team when the noise levels are nearing set limits, so that preventive action can be taken.
All noise control measures will be implemented for the entire duration of the project, 29 months.