UAE-based Al Shirawi Interiors said one of its key projects, Ladybird Early Learning Centre based in Dubai, has won top honours at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2016.
A Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified nursery, Ladybird walked away with the best ‘Interior Design of the Year’ in the public sector category. The project’s top-notch design was developed by UK architectural and design firm Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ), while Al Shirawi Interiors was responsible for the complete fitout including all woodwork and loose furniture. Lauding the Dubai nursery and GAJ for the award, Navin Valrani, the chief executive of Al Shirawi Interiors, said the duo delivered a contemporary structure that not only inspires young minds but is also greener and more efficient.
“As a company dedicated to the highest quality in interior fit-out contracting, we are proud to associate with such a path-breaking project,” he stated.
Evie Boustantzi, the general manager of Al Shirawi Interiors, said: “From the very outset, it was our earnest desire to help the client and the design team realise their Leed Gold aspiration. A lot of care went into the material selection, sourcing, handling and the finishing.”
“At the same time we wanted to ensure that the woodwork, while it met the aesthetics, is also long-lasting, functional and child-friendly,” he added.
Al Shirawi Interiors, which has been in operations since 1971, has worked on a number of interior projects across different sectors.
In recent times, it has completed a number of projects for the UAE’s education sector including The Arcadia Preparatory School, New York University in Abu Dhabi, American School of Dubai and School of Research Science. Boustantzi said the procurement processes were also tailored to meet the Leed aspirations of the project. “Wood was sourced from certified forests that ensured compliance with FSC 100, FSC mix and FSC Recycled materials,” he added