On Thursday, Ülemiste City marked a milestone with a rafter party in its new Educational Quarter. Upon completion of the first stage, slated for early 2025, the International School of Tallinn will commence operations alongside the opening of the Ülemiste community building.
"For the nearly two thousand international talents working in Ülemiste City, the location of educational institutions such as the International School of Tallinn and Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences is of great value on campus. The full range of educational services allows you to come to work on the campus conveniently because children can be sent to an IB-accredited school," said Ursel Velve, Chairman of the Board of Mainor Ülemiste. "The rapidly growing school is cramped in the existing building, and that's why we decided to start building a new Educational Quarter with a community building in Ülemiste City at a difficult time in the real estate sector."
Ursel Velve expressed her satisfaction that the construction company NOBE OÜ team delivered quickly and the building has already reached its full height. "We plan to hand over the new building with accompanying play, sports and recreation areas to the International School of Tallinn and the entire Ülemiste City community in the first quarter of 2025. We hope that the new center will become a real heart of the community, where people of different ages and cultures enjoy togetherness, sports and other exciting joint activities," she added.
According to Olavi Otepalu, the Director of the International School of Tallinn, modern space is essential in shaping the learning experience. "The new building has both invigorating greenery and comfortable sports areas. We have planned the interior spaces to invite young people to move," he said.
"Given the rapidly increasing demand for international education in Estonia, we are pleased to welcome students from over 50 countries to our new environment. The quality of IB education is highly esteemed by top universities, attracting a growing number of local families to our school," explained the Director. "Moreover, beyond serving as a school, the new building will function as a genuine community center, welcoming all members of our international campus to participate in joint events, hobby groups, childcare, and sports activities."
"For NOBE, the building process of the Ülemiste Educational Quarter has been an engaging and educational journey. We have also learned and developed ourselves by constructing a building where school education will soon be provided," said the Construction Director and Board Member of NOBE, Priit Nigols. "Today's rafter party, which marks an important milestone in the project, is like ending one semester at school - we hope that our efforts are worthy of a grade of 5 in the eyes of the client. We thank the client and the subcontractor teams for their constructive and result-oriented cooperation."
In the first phase, NOBE will construct a building for the International School of Tallinn covering approximately 6,000 square meters in gross floor area at Valukoja 9, along with the Ülemiste community building. The total construction cost amounts to approximately 11.5 million euros, excluding VAT.
Currently, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (Mainor), International School of Tallinn, offering services from kindergarten to high school, Emili School, and Kalli-kalli kindergarten are located in Ülemiste City. However, due to the planned construction of the Rail Baltica terminal and the growing demand for educational services, new educational facilities are being built in the heart of the Ülemiste campus.
The architectural design for the Ülemiste Educational Quarter project was created by 3+1 Architects, while TajuRuum landscape architects shaped the outdoor space. The project is financed by OP Corporate Bank.
Ülemiste City (https://www.ulemistecity.ee/en) located in Tallinn’s international traffic junction is the biggest business area in the Baltics developed by Mainor Ülemiste and Technopolis Ülemiste. The City’s 36 hectare-area includes 167 000 square metres of rentable office spaces. The area hosts more than 500 businesses and provides a work, home and living environment for nearly 16 000 people.