We are excited to announce the successful opening of the new Garma Hall as the final part of the Nepal Rebuild Program.

TTW would like to take the opportunity to thank the Australian Himalayan Foundation and wider teams, but most importantly the dear people of Solukhumbu. This follows on from the outstanding achievements of the whole team and the local community in delivering the first set of school buildings on the same site. Watch the video here.

Three awards were given to an Australian team comprised of engineers Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), architects; Ken McBryde (SAS), David Francis, and Davenport-Campbell – who donated their expertise pro-bono. They were commissioned by the Australian Himalayan Foundation to develop a lightweight, earthquake-resistant classroom design after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal destroyed over 200 schools supported by AHF. This project was named The Nepal Rebuild Program. To date, 20 classrooms across 5 schools have been successfully rebuilt with this design, providing children and teachers with a safe learning environment into the future. One of these is one of the few schools for special-needs children in Nepal, Garma Secondary School, which opened in 2017.

The team won in the following categories: Good Design Award® Gold Winner Engineering, Good Design Award® Gold Winner Architectural and Good Design Award® Winner Social Impact.