Atkins wins Doha school project through sensitive handling of multi-cultural ethos
Atkins Limited was announced today as the winner of the competition to design the new Sherborne Qatar School to be built in Doha, Qatar. The competition was organised on behalf of the Sherborne Qatar Board of Governors by RIBA Competitions.
Sherborne Qatar is a joint venture between Sherborne School in Dorset and General Trading Group Qatar represented by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Thani. Sherborne Qatar was founded in 2009 on a temporary site to the west of Doha and with the opening of the Senior School in September 2010 now caters for pupils from Reception through to Year 9.
The vision is to establish a school that offers the very best of Sherborne’s ethos and education within the cultural framework of Qatar. The new school will provide a unique educational experience for Qatari children and the children of expatriates working in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf States. The new school will eventually cater for approximately 1500 pupils across the 4 to 18 age range and prepare them for entry to the major universities of the world.
The Board felt that Atkins had demonstrated an excellent understanding of the School’s requirements and presented some interesting initial ideas of how the cultural identities of Sherborne Dorset and Sherborne Qatar might be expressed within the built form to represent their shared educational ethos. The Board also felt that the experienced Atkins team had the ability to successfully deliver the project in Doha.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Thani, Chair of Sherborne Qatar Board commented: “I would like to congratulate all the participants of the design competition for their effort and I am looking forward to working on this venture with the Atkins team. The inspiration behind Sherborne Qatar falls in line with His Highness Sheikh Hamad the Emir and Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s vision of pursuing excellence in education and we aim to implement their vision and continue on a path of academic excellence.”