U City to build £131m VERSO International School in Bangkok, Thailand

WCN Editorial Team 20 Sep 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

U City, an affiliate of infrastructure developer BTS Group, in cooperation with Fortune Hand Ventures has announced plans to invest THB5bn (£131m) for the construction of VERSO International School in Bangkok, Thailand.

The investment will be fully-directed for the construction and conceptual design of the new school, which designed by design and innovation firm IDEO. The school is expected to be largest of its kind in Bangkok upon completion.

Located next to the Thana City estate in eastern Bangkok, the school is scheduled for opening in August 2020, and will have capacity for 1,800 students from Pre-Nursery to grade 12.

BTS Group chairman of board of directors Keeree Kanjanapas said: "Through this partnership we are building a new international school that offers a groundbreaking approach to learning combined with expansive facilities that will nurture a new generation of visionaries.

"At the same time, we are transforming one of the company's assets next to our Thana City estate on the Bangna-Trad road into a value-accretive property for the future.

“Located on a total project space of 66.5 acres, the school is set to become the largest international school in the Bangkok metropolitan area with approximately 60% of green space of the total area."

The school is located on the outskirts of central Bangkok, about 4km away from Suvarnabhumi Airport and near future Light Rail Transit on the Bangna-Suvarnabhumi line. It also allows for easy access to major highway arteries.

U City said that the VERSO International School contributes to its overarching objective to capture real estate opportunities in close proximity to mass transit networks.

The VERSO school will feature 50m climate-controlled indoor Olympic-standard swimming pool, an all-weather multi-purpose training pitch, multimedia production and recording studios, and a 1,000-seater athletic stadium.

Additional features include maker labs and fabrication studios, a large gymnasium and fitness centre, a full-size soccer pitch and a specially commissioned co-working space for teachers.

Image: BTS Group board of directors chairman Keeree Kanjanapas and Fortune Hand Ventures director Howard Liang. Photo: courtesy of U City Plc.

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