Karachi Education Initiative signed an Agreement with Aedas Architects UK Ltd. on March 3rd, 2010 for the master planning and design of the KSBL Main Campus to be set up in Karachi. Aedas is providing a full range of architectural and engineering design services including master planning, site development, architectural plans, technical design, landscaping, and interior design. Aedas will remain associated throughout the project execution phase and will provide top supervision and conduct quality audits during construction. The Campus will be built to international standards including sustainability, and the construction is planned to commence after completion of the City campus.
Aedas is the world’s second largest architectural practice with a heritage dating back to the 1830’s. It employs over 2,500 personnel in 39 locations across Asia, Europe and America. The practice has established a reputation for its cutting-edge designs in numerous market sectors including civic, cultural and community, commercial and mixed-use, residential, retail, education, hospitality and leisure, sports, technology and labs, transportation and healthcare. Aedas has to its credit the recently completed multi-billion dollar Dubai metro project, Manchester Airport Terminal 1, and has worked extensively in the Education sector having designed various buildings at the University of Birmingham UK, as well as at Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University in the United States. Aedas brings with it core values of excellence, integrity, innovation, creativity, enjoyment and diversity which will be fully manifested in the world-class campus facilities for KSBL.
When completely developed, KSBL main campus will be comprised of buildings and amenities with full residential facilities for faculty and students spread over a secure and idyllic campus. The first phase of development will consist of Teaching, Faculty and Administration blocks, an Executive Education Centre, IT Resource Centre, Research & Entrepreneurship Centre, Auditoriums, Cafeteria, Library, Sports and Entertainment Centre, Mosque and Residential and Associated Facilities for faculty and students. KSBL will construct buildings which are architecturally iconic as well as state-of-the-art as they will incorporate the latest technology and environmental concepts.
The KSBL main campus will be located in the outskirts of Karachi. Karachi is the largest cosmopolitan and the first port city of Pakistan. It has major industrial sites, multi-national operations, banking and business centres, universities and training institutes which have tremendous potential for expansion and development.