Plans to develop education complex at Ülemiste City

Private higher education institution Mainor, in the Ülemiste district of Tallinn, is to build two school buildings and a kindergarten on Valukoja tänav, in the heart of the Ülemiste City hub, with development starting in spring of 2021 and the educational establishments should open their doors in fall of 2022.

Kalli-Kalli International Kindergarten, Emili Elementary School and the International School of Tallinn will move into the new buildings simultaneously.

Ursel Velve, head of innovation of Mainor Ülemiste, told ERR the plan to develop new education buildings has been on the table for a long time because the rooms of the kindergarten and schools are running out of room.

Velve noted: "At this rapid growth, the current building on Keevise 2 is not large enough for them."

Both local and international establishments will move into the new complex with the buildings capable of accomodating up to 850 children, Velve said. 400 students of the International School of Tallinn will study in Ülemiste, 300 in Emili Elementary and 100 children in Kalli-Kalli kindergarten. An additional daycare service will be offered at the complex for 50 children.

The education complex will be built next to the existing Ülemiste Health Centre, with an additional sports ground also constructed. Velve said construction will ideally begin in spring of 2021 and the schools would open their doors in the fall of 2022.

The kindergarten and schools belong to AS Mainor Group, with Mainor Ülemiste the company in charge of development. A total investment of €17 million will be made.

A house to make children move

Velve said the kindergarten and schools are meant for both citizens in the area and for the foreign talents working in the many international companies at Ülemiste City.

Velve said: "In addition, an increase in local talent returning to their homeland can be seen but they might want to continue their child's education according to the international IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum."

Velve said both schools differ from traditional education institutions. The International School of Tallinn teaches in accordance with the IB curriculum and Emili Elementary School places an emphasis on developing children's digital skills and English.

The innovation manager added: "Classes are also smaller at Emili Elementary and personal weekly goals are set with students instead of grading."

The new complex is built in accordance with principles of a school that would encourage student movement.

Velve said: "It is possible for children to spend their breaks in fresh air on a specifically designed roof terrain."

Mainor Ülemiste turned to Tallinn City Government with an application to intiate planning in February and a confirmation was received earlier this week. In addition to the complex and sporting grounds, roads and a parking lot will be developed on the property.

Mainor is opening a 13-storey, 81-apartment building in Ülemiste City next week. Apartments are primarily meant for short and long-term rentals for companies in the campus. The building, named Lurich, also houses a store, restaurant, sports club and health center.

Margus Nõlvak, CEO of Ülemiste City, said the goal of Ülemiste City is to functions as a separate city. "We wish to ensure the availability of all essential goods and services and versatile transport connections with the whole world."


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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