Following on from the success of the first MOVINGschools project in Mae Sot, Thailand we were approached by another school to offer support in the way of a number of new classrooms. A nearby school was being closed and the students were being added to the intake at New Road School. We worked with the local community in the construction. In 2013 we built 6 additional rooms that act as learning spaces and additional adminstration space.
The school is located 30km's out of Mae Sot to the north. The area is on the border of Thailand and Burma and has a high number of migrants and refugees as a result of the turbulent history of Burma.
The design of the new classrooms makes use of the MOVINGschool design where modules are prefabricated off site by local skilled apprentices that work for Ironwood. The project acts as a tool to educate local people on sustainable building techniques providing experience in working off plans and on site skills which they can use and develop long after the project is complete. The project also involves corporate support from Bayer who provided UV resistant twinwall polycarbonate walls which allow light to fill the space whilst keeping it dry and free from insects. We used recycled, reclaimed timber on the project rather than buy freshly milled teak which does still illegally make it over the border. The completed project has the flexibility to be taken down and moved with the school if they are forced to move. If they move of their own free will back to Burma then the school buildings can travel with them kickstarting development and reducing the disruption to teaching.
New school building
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