COLLÈGE AMADOU HAMPATÉ BÂ
NIAMEY / NIGER
PROJECT TYPE: School Refurbishment and Expansion
CLIENT: Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ
PROJECT PARTNERS: Michael Hadi Associates (Structural), Max Fordham (M&E)
WHAT IT’S about:
We were approached by Collège Hampaté Bâ to develop proposals to improve and expand their existing facilities. The Collège currently provides subsidised education for middle school age children from lower income families. The aim is to expand this model for children from primary school right through to lycée, and to build an exemplar high quality educational facility for Niger.
The proposals include refurbishment of existing classrooms and addition of 5 new classroom blocks (totalling 20 classrooms), along with new administrative facilities, an assembly hall, library and latrine blocks. Upgrades to water and electrical services are also proposed in order to improve the school’s resilience to intermittent municipal supply.
The new buildings have been designed to use local materials, with adaptation of vernacular techniques to respond to the challenging climatic conditions and create beautiful and comfortable spaces conducive to learning. The principle building material will be locally quarried laterite stone, which is a much underutilised resource in Niger. The construction of the Collège will give the opportunity to train local masons in laterite construction, with the hope that the skills can be disseminated in further projects around the region.