Ashghal: 21 new school buildings ready for 2017

Ashghal has delivered 11 out of 15 new design-enhanced schools and kindergartens in time for the new academic year, with the remainder due for handover by September-end

The 21 new buildings have improved interior designs to enhance the educational environment.
The 21 new buildings have improved interior designs to enhance the educational environment.

Qatar’s Public Works Authority, ‘Ashghal’ has completed 11 out of 15 schools, in preparation for the new academic year 2016/2017, delivering the schools to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Ashghal is completing the finishing touches on the remaining four schools and six kindergartens, which are due to be delivered over after mid-September, 2016.

With a cost of approximately $275m (QAR1bn), the 21 new buildings have improved interior designs to enhance the educational environment.

From 2013 to 2016, Ashghal had constructed around 60 schools and 35 kindergartens and, since being awarded the three-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) certification in design and construction, the authority has pursued compliance with green building specifications.

This has included reducing energy usage, achieving lower water consumption, improving the indoor environment, and reflecting local architecture and heritage in its designs.

GSAS supports the achievement of Qatar National Vision 2030 to promote sustainability standards in the urban environment in the country.

The design of these educational facilities follows the standard design model for schools, comprising 25 classrooms for 650 students, as well as science, language and IT laboratories.

There are also sports and art halls, multipurpose halls, gyms, libraries, and classrooms, in addition to outdoor spaces with shaded parking spaces, playgrounds and service buildings.

Similarly, the nurseries have 12 classrooms to accommodate 240 children, with music, language and computer rooms, a library, classrooms and external spaces, comprising shaded parking spaces, green areas and service buildings.

The design of the schools and kindergartens takes into consideration the Qatari code for people with special needs and each facility provides ramps at entrances and exits with special specifications for bathrooms and other areas.

The designs also comply with safety requirements adopted by Global Fire and Security Systems and Qatari Civil Defense.

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