NIRAS chosen for international school in Nordhavn

Illustration: C.F. Møller

Published: 05-05-2014

Copenhagen International School has chosen NIRAS, C.F. Møller and NCC to construct a new school in Copenhagen’s Northern harbour, Nordhavn. A partnering agreement and a joint project office will be central elements in bringing the project in on time

A tight time schedule, a prospective harbour expansion and a complicated construction. These are just some of the challenges facing NIRAS, architectural firm C.F. Møller and entrepreneur NCC that have been chosen to assist the real estate fund Copenhagen International School, ECIS, in constructing the school ‘CIS Nordhavn’.

The school will be placed prominently in Copenhagen’s new area Nordhavn where hanging gardens and floating islands will be an integrated part of the 7-storey school.

A good indoor climate secures students’ learning experience

NIRAS is providing the full range of engineering services including the coordination, assessment and estimation of fire regulations, environmental and energy considerations.

NIRAS is also responsible for the engineering tasks related to the fact that the building is to be constructed directly on the harbour front, that is to be expanded, and in an area that is still development.

“We need to draw on many of our core competencies to solve this exciting task. It is always fantastic project that has this level of complexity, magnitude and strong requirements for collaboration,” says team leader Andrew Ferguson Dunn from NIRAS. 

Joint project office provides reassurance for funds

To meet these challenges, the three companies have entered a so-called partnering agreement that will put the project in focus through openness, dialogue and mutual trust. This way, any disagreements that might occur will not affect the time schedule or finances.

“ECIS have chosen to do the construction of ‘CIS Nordhavn’ through a partnering agreement in order to secure to the best dialogue and closeness between the architect, engineer, turnkey contractor and developer. As the developer, the partnering phase will secure us the best possible basis to actively engage with the specific weighing of the architectural, functional and technical conditions in accordance with the financial constraints,” says head of the real estate fund Copenhagen International School, John Bo Jacobsen.

Another way to assure a beneficial environment for collaboration is the joint project office that the parties have already begun using. The office is located in the top of the neighbouring building with a good overview of the prospective build site, making it possible to follow the development from close up.

Copenhagen International School in Nordhavn is gathering the school's current activities in Hellerup and Østerbro in a new international school that is expanding its capacity from 800 to approximately 1200 students from age 3 to 19. The new school is expected ready for use in August 2016.


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