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Zambian school hall project opens its doors

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September 5 2013

Zambian school hall project opens its doors
A two month long charitable construction drive to deliver the Mutende Childrens Village near Chingola, Zambia, has concluded with the unveiling of the completed hall.

Designed to provide facilities for the care of orphans and abandoned children the flexible space can be subdivided into three classrooms, an office and IT space.

Costing £36k it is the latest phase of works carried out on behalf of Harold Mwenge Memorial Academy and is the fourth project to be built by the non-profit humanitarian design studio in the region.

James Mitchell, project director at Orkidstudio, told Urban Realm: “The project was a huge success and we were incredibly pleased to complete the 350sqm build in just 7 weeks with a team of 10 young volunteer architecture students from schools across the UK plus three of the Orkidstudio team, including myself.  We were joined on site by a small handful of the local community as well which was wonderful.”
Locals chipped in to assist with the build process
Locals chipped in to assist with the build process
Orkidstudio have been working woth the Mutende since 2010
Orkidstudio have been working woth the Mutende since 2010

The hall is a major boost to educational provision within the village
The hall is a major boost to educational provision within the village
The new facility more than doubles existing study space
The new facility more than doubles existing study space

3 Comments

Lee Ivett
#1 Posted by Lee Ivett on 5 Sep 2013 at 14:48 PM
wonderful, wonderful piece of work. Congratulations to all involved
Chris Stewart
#2 Posted by Chris Stewart on 9 Sep 2013 at 11:38 AM
Brilliant to have built such a structure in such a short space of time, a fabulous achievement to all those involved.
Robin Baker
#3 Posted by Robin Baker on 9 Sep 2013 at 12:17 PM
What a great achievement and an excellent project - meeting a demanding local need and providing invaluable experience for the students.

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