Tag Archives: Education

Turning a car park into a play park for students

Over the upcoming weeks we will be turning a car park into a play park for students at the Cambodian Children’s Fund‘s school.

The project which was initially designed alongside local students with the Building Trust team takes on the children’s designs creating a play space from recycled tyres in an unused space of their school site.

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The space (above)

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Tyres for playground get a paint job!

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Tyres are painted and ready to be placed into position!

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Playground starts to take shape.

Keep reading to be kept up to date with the progress of our 3 playgrounds. See our Facebook album for more photos!

Thanks,

Louise

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Cool School Winners Announced

How do you get to school if it’s minus 45 °C outside? How
do you gain an education when your nearest school is 20km
away? Witnessing this problem Building Trust international
launched an international design competition to challenge
designers and architects to provide a design solution which has
the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold
regions globally.

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the Cool School Design competition:

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WINNERS of the Cool School competition Kyle Wylde, Nathan Woodward, Stephen Hawkins and Charley Burrough from UK Architectural practice PLACE By Design.

A diverse and enthusiastic Urban Design and Architectural practice based in Bristol, UK have been announced as the winners in a design competition that hopes to provide a safe, comfortable, learning environment for 100 pupils, withstanding extreme temperatures in Mongolia. The competition had 475 registered entrants and a jury including representatives from Building Trust International, World Vision, UNICEF, The Mongolian Education Alliance, GIZ and most importantly the local Governor and school committee.

Building Trust international will be working closely with World Vision Mongolia and local partners to deliver the winning design during Summer 2015. We look forward to building the winning design which will deliver a new innovative school design to a much needed community in Khovd, Mongolia. I will be posting updates live from the build which will be taking place this Summer.

Check out the Honourable Mentions from the competition:

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Maria Elena Beccaria Balduzzi and Martin Didžys based in Denmark.

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Daniela Zuanigh, Jennifer Schiano and Carlotta Giusti from Italy

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Andrew Kwok and David Majoe from the UK who are currently studying at the University of Bath

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Lateral Office (Toronto, CAN) Lola Sheppard, Mason White, Kate Holbrook-Smith and Jack Lipson

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Arup and Arup Associates

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Yuval Zohar, Livio Ercoli, Guo Xiaojuan, Victor Vieaux and Mei Zhang from Shanghai-based MUDI Architects

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Amirabbas Aboutalebi, Hooman Balazadeh, Yasaman forootan, Fatemeh Tajik, Artshin Mazoji, Hoda barzegar ganji and Samira Hajinasiri from Iran

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Ragy Aly Mostafa Elsayed Elgendy, Marwa Kamel AbdelHamid El Sayed, Merna Nabil Saad Henen, Aymen Jamal Mohamed Abdelmaksoud, Hebaallah AbdelWahab Mohamed Fathi and Lora Nabil Saad Henen from Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Gary Robson, Sam Mitson
Nathan Mundy and Thora Arnardottir from Brightspace Architects in the UK

I would like to thank all those participants who took part in such an exciting competition.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Moving School 003 complete

Mae Sot, Thailand

It has been a while since I last updated you with the progress of Moving School 003 at Hope School on the outskirts of Mae Sot in Thailand. After the foundations were fitted by the local community it was time to bolt together the structure for the classrooms.

Steel frame structure Moving School 003
Steel frame structure Moving School 003

Moving School 003 consists of 2 large classrooms which will be a cool, light learning environment for the pupils of Hope School. After the steel structure was secured in place, the next step was to fit the roof material. The Ironwood team along with Jan Glasmeier from Agora Architects and the Building Trust team fixed the roof into place before the rainy season really began!

Fixing Roof material to Moving School 003
Fixing Roof material to Moving School 003
Rainy season starts in Mae Sot!!
Rainy season starts in Mae Sot!!

With the roof firmly secured in place the team were able to begin fitting the cementitious wood floor boards into the school structure and began fixing the twin polycarbonate material for the wall panels into place. The polycarbonate material was kindly donated by Bayer Thailand.

Twin polycarbonate material for walls is fitted
Twin polycarbonate material for walls is fitted

The final result of the Moving School 003 design is truly fantastic, not only will the structure provide a light and clean environment for the students but the structure also fits well into the bamboo forest surroundings.

Moving School 003
Moving School 003
Moving School 003 internal classroom
Moving School 003 internal classroom

Many thanks to all those involved in the construction of Moving School 003 and to Bayer Thailand for their very generous donation of fabric to create the walls of Moving School 002 and 003.

We look forward to sharing further images of the pupils enjoying their new school building in the coming months.

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Moving School 002 complete!

With the roof and floor installed at the New Road site, the Ironwood team were ready to fit the walls to the school building.  After a successful meeting with Bayer AG, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company in Bangkok we received the fantastic news that the organisation would provide the wall material for both Moving School 002 and 003. The material to be used was a twin walled polycarbonate which has the benefit of being lightweight, durable and UV resistant and would allow the internal classrooms to be kept cool and light.

A member of the Bayer team from the Bangkok office kindly agreed to visit us in Mae Sot bringing with him a wealth of knowledge as to how to install the material. He instructed us the best methods of using the material and the suitable fixings to ensure the product remained water tight.

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The next step was to construct the wooden panels which would hold the plastic sheets in place. When all panels were finished and made in the workshop they were taken to the Moving School 002 site to be installed while classes continued for the school pupils in the old cramped building.

New Road pupils in their old school building
New Road pupils in their old school building

The wooden panels were built with sections to be used for windows which will add extra ventilation and light when needed into the classrooms.

We were very happy to see Moving School 002 nearly complete and looking fantastic! We would like to thank Bayer for kindly donating the polycarbonate material which will ensure the classrooms stay light and airy and have a great impact on the learning environment of the pupils from New Road.

It was now time for the Opening Ceremony and Bayer kindly treated the boys & girls of New Road to ice cream and a new school book.

Opening Ceremony of Moving School 002
Opening Ceremony of Moving School 002
Inside MOVINGschool 002
Inside MOVINGschool 002

We would like to thank the fantastic team at Ironwood for their hard work and dedication and to Jan from Agora Architects for his support and assistance. We look forward to sharing with you photos of the pupils in their new school classrooms very soon!

Thanks for reading,

Louise

Work on Moving Schools 002 begins

The new site
The new site

Well things are really progressing with Moving Schools 002 at New Road School in Mae Ramat. The new site has been cleared and this week parents and teachers from the school committee will begin digging foundation holes for their new school.  The PTA meeting which was held last week was a great way to discuss the school design with the local community and gain their feedback on the design.

Parents and teachers review the school design
Parents and teachers review the school design

By reviewing a scale model of the school design with the PTA members the Building Trust team were able to clearly understand the needs of the school committee and the pupils. There will be five classrooms made from a steel frame as constructed in the first Moving Schools build. The building will feature two large classrooms and three smaller classrooms which will be divided by walls which the parents and teachers will construct themselves.

Decision on placement of the new building
Decision on placement of the new building

It is great to see how pro active the local community members are in building a new school for their children. They were happy to take time of during the Songkran holiday season to get started on the build of the new classrooms. I look forward to keeping you posted with details of the school build over the upcoming months.

A few photos of the first day on site plotting the grid for their new school building:

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Thanks for reading,

Louise

Suk San Wan Songkran

Just in time for the Thai New Year Festival ‘Songrkan,’ Building Trust’s first Moving School for Thu Kha Hang Sar students is complete. As the temperatures in Thailand rise and work becomes more difficult due to the extreme heat of 40 degrees, we are very happy to say all work for the first Moving Schools project has been finished.

One Classroom with window and white board installed
One Classroom with window and white board installed

The new pulley system which is used to open and close the windows throughout the school has been fully installed and explained to the  headmistress. The new window system will allow the classrooms to remain cool during rainy season while providing  protection from the rain and added security.

It will be great to see how the children interact with the changes to their new school when they return to class in June.

I am very happy to share with you photos of Moving Schools 001:

Fully open side of school with 5 classrooms (windows open)
Fully open side of school with 5 classrooms (windows open)
Corridor
Corridor
External view
External view

The success of the first Moving Schools project has been proven as Building Trust have been requested to build a further mobile, modular school design in the nearby town of Mae Ramat, Thailand. I look forward to sharing with you photos of a recent Parent’s Teacher’s Association meeting at New Road School, where the design of Moving Schools 002 was discussed and agreed with the school committee.  Work on the build will began shortly, with parents of the school children working with Building Trust to dig the foundation holes for their new school building.

Open space classroom
Open space classroom

Thanks for reading,

Louise

 

Live Update from Moving Schools 001

LIVE UPDATE:

I am very happy to share with you an update live from the Thai/Burma border with details of the progress of the first Moving Schools project at Thu Kha Hang Sar school. To prepare the school for the upcoming rainy season, we have re-recruited the team from Iron Wood part of the Youth Connect social enterprise to carry out necessary metal and wood work on the school site. In order to ensure the building is water tight we will be adding additional wall structure to the school which will also provide extra security. We are currently installing a steel frame to the outside wall panels. The steel frame contains a section with a built in white board which will be of great benefit to the teachers. The Iron Wood team are also installing a window for each classroom which can be opened and closed by a clever pulley system.

The additional steel frame window structures will ensure the internal structure is rain tight.  The great benefit of the pulley system windows will allow the classrooms to maintain cool air circulation whilst also giving added protection to the building.

Installing white boards
Installing white boards

Wooden panels have been added to the current floor boards to allow the wood and bamboo wall panels which were made last Summer to sit along the corridor of the school. These panels can then be taken down in dry season to create the current open plan design. Adding this feature will allow the teachers to have dual purpose classrooms which can be closed off in rainy season and open in dry season.

Please look out for my next blog post which will detail the window pulley system design and photos of the finished school.

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Thanks for reading!

Louise