Wellington College International Tianjin China
The College is located on a 35,000 sq.m. site in the Hongqiao district of Tianjin, some fifteen minutes by car from the commercial centre of the city. Construction of the buildings commenced in September 2009 and was completed in May 2011, in good time for the opening of the College in August 2011. The result is one of the most striking and well-resourced school campuses in China, if not the world, whether in terms of the architectural style, the range of facilities or the generally pleasing effect on the eye. By the end of 2011, the College had already become a Tianjin landmark.
The architecture of the main teaching building and the adjoining Early Years building deliberately evoke the classical style of Wellington College in the UK. The former contains the Junior School on the ground floor, while, above it, the Senior School occupies the second and third floors. Both schools share the main College entrance, with its features drawn from the College in the UK, the distinctive atrium and the welcoming parent meeting area. The three courtyards are also inspired by the College in England, though the first-floor theatre, which seats over five hundred people, is unique to the school in Tianjin. Here will be the venue for College assemblies, as well as school and professional productions and concerts, the latter due to the wide array of supporting rooms and resources. Very few schools have designated make-up, costume and props rooms