Update: 15 May 2020
Well, the building is vey nearly finished now: plants are blossoming, carpets are laid, music is playing, signs are lit, and all the new campus needs is students! Enjoy a virtual walk through the corridors and the outdoor areas by viewing the photographs of the buildings and the EYFS playground. Although the photos were taken only a few days before the time of this update, the picture they build is already outshone by the progress made in the meantime. Here are just three tasters.
Update: 28 August 2019
While most of us enjoyed a relaxing holiday during the summer, works on the new campus construction site continued apace, bringing tangible progress. The Leadership Group visited the site this week and got a first-hand feel of the now-visible science labs, drama studios, sports halls and classrooms. The visitors were particularly impressed with the sound-proofing of one of the nearly-finished classrooms; when the door closed, the noise of the construction site disappeared, making it possible to visualise the teaching and learning soon to happen within that space.
The recent works have been focusing on
- Above ceiling services
- Swimming Pool Roof
- Central Hub
- Link Corridors
- Internal Finishing Work
- Electrical Substations
- Sports Hall Roof
- Secondary Block – external plastering
In the 14 months that have elapsed since the construction started in earnest, 63% of the works have been completed. Below are some images taken on the day; to view the entire set, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dohacollegeofficial/albums/, then scroll further to see some very interesting videos, and to compare the current stage to previous updates.
This video shows the various phases of construction, with multiple processes taking place simultaneously, and it links them with the time frames shown in the top part of the video.
Update: 11 March 2019
This student-produced video captures the first time that Doha College students walked through what will be the corridors of the new campus in Al Wajba. Quite incredulous of how quickly the buildings have risen from the ground, they envisaged how it will all look once they move in - just 18 months from the time the video was shot. For students from Years 12 and 13, the experience was bitter-sweet, as they will have gone to pastures new by then, but they will be most welcome to visit as VIP guests! Until your turn comes to walk through the doors of the new campus, enjoy this tour with our students.
The works being carried out at the time of the students' visit included:
- primer application (Buildings S1, P5, C3,)
- concrete works (Buildings S1, C3)
- block work (Building S1, S2, P1, P2, H1)
- MEP first fix and second fix work (Building S1, S2, S4, S5, S6, P2, P5, H1, C3)
- plastering or plastering preparation work (Buildings S2, S4, S5, P2)
- formwork and/or rebar installation (Buildings S3, S6, H1, P1, P4, C1, C2)
- shutter removal (Buildings S4, Storm Tank 02)
- ongoing installation of steel structure (Building H1)
- ongoing parapet wall work (Building P5)
- ongoing installation of steel structure (Building C2)
- blockwork completed at substation
- concrete cast for manhole wall (Foul Water Section 01)
- ongoing column installation (Boundary wall - North side)
Update: 13 January 2019
We have ceilings, roofs and water in the swimming pool!
While students and teachers were enjoying a well-deserved break, works on the new campus site continued apace. Unrecognisable from its previous stages, the network of buildings is rising fast, with three of the buildings roofed already!
Here is a list of the works completed so far:
- The ground floor slabs have been cast for 11 out of 15 buildings.
- The first-floor level slab has been cast for five buildings, and partially for the central hub.
- The roof slab has been cast for three buildings, in advance of the planned date.
- 28.09 % of the overall works have been completed.
- Block work - internal & external - are in progress on five of 15 buildings.
- Water leak test is ongoing for one of the swimming pools.
The photo gallery below shows some of the progress; stay tuned for more updates soon.
Update: 3 December 2018
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal, and Ian Thornhill, Business and Development Director, have recently visited the new campus construction site. They spoke to engineers and consultants, analysed the progressed and were briefed on the upcoming stages of construction. The highlights of the steps completed since the last update are:
- the casting of the ground floor slabs for 10 out of 15 buildings
- the casting of the first floor level slab for the Facilities Management building
- concreting of the first floor slabs for 9 buildings is scheduled to commence mid-December, to be completed by the end of December
- there are currently circa 1,300 workers on site
- 24% of overall works have been completed by day 153 (23.9 % overall time duration)
- The project is 1.63 % ahead of the program.
In other words, we are a quarter of the way there. Below is a selection of photographs; to see more, click here.
Update: 23 October 2018
No less than 15 buildings are being built at the same time, and they now are becoming visible above ground level.
These are the current highlights of the activity on site:
- 16 % of overall work has been completed in 100 days.
- The project is approximately 4.2% ahead of schedule.
- 80 % of the buildings' foundations are complete and will be above ground level by the end of October 2018.
- Ground floor slabs are to be cast starting from November.
- Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, owner of the land, visited the project site on 15 October 2018
Update: 24 September 2018
Construction continues apace, slightly ahead of schedule, and so far the following works have been completed or are in the course of being completed:
- Steel reinforcement installation for columns and wall footings for Building S1
- Installation of waterproofing membrane on three buildings
- Installation of steel reinforcement for concrete footing foundation on four buildings
- Concrete footing foundation for three buildings
- Preparation of formworks prior to concreting works on Building P5
- Casting of concrete columns on Building C3
- Installation of wooden formworks for concrete structures on two buildings
- Concrete blindings for footing foundation on two buildings
- Concrete foundations for all three tower cranes
Update: 26 June 2018
In a momentous occasion for Doha College and international education in Qatar, the construction of its new campus has been officially inaugurated at its new Al Wajba site. Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College; British Ambassador, His Excellency Ajay Sharma; Joseph Abraham, CEO of Commercial Bank; Fouad Hamdan, CEO of main contractor Domopan; and other prominent partners associated with the project, all participated in a historic ground breaking ceremony at the new location, marking the beginning of work on the state-of-the-art campus.
After meticulous consideration and independent guidance from construction consultants Quantex Qatar, the contractor tasked with building the inspiring future vision of Doha College was Domopan Qatar – a company that has proudly played an important role in the development of Qatar in recent years. With the building of this spearheading, educational beacon, Domopan will make its mark ever more prominently on Qatar’s modern landscape. CEO Fouad Hamdan stated: “We are delighted to be part of this ambitious project. We provide innovative and cutting-edge construction practices to address the visionary demands of unique clients such as Doha College, and look forward to delivering a perfectly executed campus in 2020.”