Private school plans detailed

Planning permission is being sought for the building of school facilities on a 13-acre site in the Dart/ West Indian Club project.

The facilities, including both a high school and elementary school, would be occupied by Cayman International School, which is in Governor’s Harbour.

The proposed school campus is east of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway (formerly known as the Harquail Bypass), almost opposite the area of the Harquail Theatre.

Notice of the application for planning approval was submitted by The Burns Conolly Group Ltd.

Mr. Conolly said the school complex had been designed for an enrolment of about 500 students.

Construction would commence immediately once planning permission is obtained. ‘I anticipate it would take about 18 months to complete,’ he added, projecting a date in the latter half of 2006.

The school is to be a part of the first phase of a 240-acre mixed-use community stretching from Seven Mile Beach to North Sound, according to a press release from Dart Realty (Caymanian Compass, 9 June).

Mr. Conolly detailed some of the facilities the school is to include. In addition to classrooms, there will be offices, libraries, computer labs, music and art studios and a ‘fairly large’ multi-purpose hall complete with changing rooms. Also included are basketball and tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Architect for the school is Spillis Candella, a firm in Miami whose design was selected by the client.

Mr. Conolly explained that his firm is involved as the local architect for the West Indian Club project. He is also dealing with authorities and procedures, plus contractual components.

Main architects for the overall development are Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, California.

Construction for the whole project was slowed so that recovery could take place after Hurricane Ivan, Mr. Conolly noted.