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Redevelopment and Decant update.


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Architects, Thomas Chow & Associates have been formally appointed to manage the decant process with the development staff from Island School and the ESF.

Borrett Road Development
Thomas Chow & Associates are holding co-creation workshops with faculty heads and senior staff so that teaching staff can have the greatest input into the overall design of the redeveloped Borrett Road school site.
Vice Principal, Gareth Stevens and Billy Tam from Thomas Chow Architects visited schools and educational institutions in Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of May to assess whether we are able to adopt new design concepts into our educational model.

Condition of the current buildings
The ESF Maintenance team continues to carry out monthly structural inspections of the Borrett Road site.  There were a few defects detected but general repairs and upkeep is required which will take place during the summer months.

Summer works
All faculties attended the Summer Works Meeting on 24 March to consider what refurbishment is needed. Consideration was given to transforming redundant spaces into larger teaching spaces, reconfiguring storage areas and the purchase of new furniture.

Decant Schools

Senior Faculty Leaders have been attending meetings with Thomas Chow & Associates, focusing on the current facilities at the decant sites. Both sites, which adequately accommodate 600 students, are being remodeled to provide large classrooms particularly for specialised subjects.  We are also planning various other internal redecoration and installation works.

We aim to continue to offer our wide range of extra-curricular activities and are reviewing available sporting facilities in the New Territories. We are also fortunate that we are able to forge relationships with other international schools notably ESF Sha Tin College and Renaissance College, and have the use of Government facilities in the locality of the decant sites such as the Sports Institute of Fo Tan.

Travel Arrangements
We are of course aware of parents’ concerns regarding travelling arrangements.  We have been assessing various transport options and travel times to the decant sites with the PTA, ESF feeder schools and our bus companies.  This is no easy task.  We have had to take into consideration our current school bus times, traffic situations, pick up/collection points and school start and finish times.  We are therefore considering the following options:

(1) To avoid lengthy bus journeys using our current bus timetable, have one pick up/drop off point in Central to transport students and staff direct to Tai Wai and Sha Tin.  This would mean students finding their own way to Central but we realise that younger students (Years 7 and 8) may find this problematic.

(2) Continue with our current bus timetable picking up students from designated points across Hong Kong Island and transport to a Central location.  This would of course incur higher costs for parents which we hope to avoid.

(3) Continue with our current bus timetable and using those individual buses, transport students direct to Sha Tin and Tai Wai.  This again would incur higher costs for parents.

(4) MTR and public bus options.
Students remaining at school for extra-curricular activities at this current time are able to ride the activity bus to Admiralty and Pier 3 in Central.  Our aim is to continue to offer our wide range of extra- curricular activities which are currently held within and outside of the school and thus are looking at viable bus options. We have had very positive meetings with the Principals of our feeder schools who have been engaging with parents and the PTA in seeking to avoid disruption for all.

More information about the Redevelopment and Decant can be found by clicking on the link below.

Jacqueline Archer
Development & Redevelopment Manager

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