A group of European architects in close cooperation with the local management have revised the plans in 2016 and soon started the construction works of the low-cost sustainable school building. During the first building phase in 2016 two classrooms and a sanitary block were completed and the walls of two additional classrooms had been raised. These semi-finished classrooms were already in use during the 2016/17 school year, providing better environment for studying. During the next summer holiday in August 2017 our volunteers had completed the floor slab above the classrooms, added a staircase, erected the walls of the first floor classrooms and harvested and prepared bamboo for the facade. Two more building phases should follow in the next years to complete the academy which provides comfortable and suitable room for the 240 pupils.
We feel that our responsibility as architects is to contribute to the betterment of the built environment for those in need. When the opportunity arose to help Newill Academy with the construction of a more appropriate school building, we were happy to accept the challenge.
We also invite you to share with us the exciting journey which this project is!