The competition was organised on behalf of the Sherborne Qatar Board of Governors by RIBA Competitions.
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 nine.
Atkins was selected from a short-list, which also included: Arab Engineering Bureau; Avanti Architects; Farrow Partnership Architects; Hopkins Architects and Technital. The six teams were invited to develop strategic design ideas and initial concepts, which they presented to the Sherborne Qatar Board, together with the board’s advisers, staff, pupils and parent representatives.
The new school will eventually cater for approximately 1500 pupils across the 4 to 18 age range and prepare them for entry to university.
The board said that it felt that Atkins had demonstrated an excellent understanding of the school’s requirements and presented some interesting initial ideas of how the cultural identities of Sherborne Dorset and Sherborne Qatar might be expressed within the built form to represent their shared educational ethos.