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Atkins wins RIBA Competition for new Qatar school

Atkins has won the RIBA contest to design the new Sherborne Qatar School in Doha

The practice saw off five other shortlisted practices including British outfits Avanti and Hopkins as well as the Arab Engineering Bureau from Qatar, Canadians Farrow Partnership Architects and Technital S.p.A from Italy to win the competition to design the new school for both Emirati locals and ex-pats.

The new facility for the Qatar outpost of the Dorset-based independent school - founded in 1550 - will eventually cater for approximately 1500 pupils from 4 to 18 years old.

Martin Pease, Atkins’ head of architecture UK, said: ‘Our approach was to create a unique place borne out of the memory of Sherborne in Dorset. Our design seeks to create a school with a shared identity, not restricted by the past, but rather ready to absorb and evolve its own future in Doha. This success is testament to the hard work and collaboration between our UK and Middle East offices, and demonstrates Atkins truly global expertise.’

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.  

Previous story (AJ 27.04.2011)

Atkins, Avanti and Hopkins make Qatar school shortlist

Three British practices have been named on a six-strong shortlist to design the new Sherborne Qatar School in Doha

Atkins, Avanti and Hopkins will present design proposals alongside Arab Engineering Bureau from Qatar, Canadians Farrow Partnership Architects and Technital S.p.A from Italy for the school which teaches both Emirati locals and ex-pats.

Sherborne School is an independent school for boys, dating back to 1550 and based in the town of Sherborne in north-west Dorset. The Qatar outpost was set up in 2009.

Intriguingly Michael Hopkins was a former pupil at the school.

The shortlisted firms have been asked to draw up designs in response to three design considerations: expression of dual cultural identity, environmental sustainability and education for the 21st century. 

The competition is being organised on behalf of Sherborne Qatar School and Sherborne Qatar Board of Governors by the RIBA Competitions unit.

A final design assessment will be held in Doha in June.

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