Construction of $10m Bahrain school 90% complete

Ministry officials have advised contractors to increase workforce and on-site hours to ensure the school is ready by the end of this month, it has been announced

The Hamad Intermediate School for Boys in Bahrain is financed by Saudi Development Fund. [Representational image]
The Hamad Intermediate School for Boys in Bahrain is financed by Saudi Development Fund. [Representational image]
Ahmed Al Khayyat visited the project site with other officials from the Ministry. [Image: BNA]
Ahmed Al Khayyat visited the project site with other officials from the Ministry. [Image: BNA]

Bahrain's Hamad Intermediate School for Boys is 90% complete, officials have announced.

The $10.1m (BHD3.8m) school is financed by Saudi Development Fund and is being built by Sahara Contracting and Projects Construction on a total construction area of 1.4ha (14,550 sqm). 

The main building comprises a ground floor and three storeyes with 30 classrooms.

This information was revealed when Ahmed Al Khayyat, works affairs undersecretary at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities, and Urban Planning, visited the project site with construction projects director Wadeea Al Marzooq. 

Al Khayyat directed the project team to ensure that the school is completed by the end of this month, advising the contractor to increase working hours and double on-site labour to ensure these targets are met.

Up to 1,000 students can be accommodated into the building, which includes laboratories, offices, sports halls, cafeterias, and sports areas. 

Guard rooms, parking spaces, bus stops, and an air-conditioned students' waiting area are also being developed as part of the project. 

Designs for the school incorporate measures to enhance its sustainability, green building qualifications, and energy consumption. 

This includes tools and techniques such as thermal insulation for roofs and walls, double-glazed windows for noise reduction, sensor taps in bathrooms, energy saving lighting systems, acoustically insulated vinyl flooring, and internal and external paints with low VOCs and anti-carbon organic compounds. 

Special considerations in the school's designs have also been made for students and staff with special needs, such as a special parking lot closer to the main entrance, sloped entrances, non-slip vinyl flooring, elevators in close proximity to entrances, and large-sized toilets. 

The school forms the first stage of a project portfolio being implemented by the Gulf Development Program for the kingdom's Ministry of Education. 

Four other schools, also financed by the Saudi Development Fund, are part of this programme.

According to Al Khayyat, the visit is part of the Ministry’s follow-up on various projects currently under construction, state agency BNA reported

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