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BAM lands £8m multi-faith school project

24 May 13 BAM Midlands and BAM Design are working from concept design to construction on a multi-faith secondary school in Birmingham.

Richard Dakin, director of BAM Construction in the Midlands, with Dr Bhia Sahib Ji, patron and chairman of the Nishkam School
Richard Dakin, director of BAM Construction in the Midlands, with Dr Bhia Sahib Ji, patron and chairman of the Nishkam School

The £8m contract to create the 700-pupil Sikh-ethos Nishkam High School was won in competition.

The school, which recently secured full planning approval, is being driven by the principle of Nishkam – a philosophy of serving others without expectation or recognition. The local community is donating 10% of the labour and materials. It will be a free school, funded by the government but outside local authority control, for pupils aged 11 to 19..

BAM Design is using building information modelling across all disciplines to develop detailed proposals for the triangular building on a site owned by the Nishkam School Trust on Great King Street North.

The neo-classical design, a specific client requirement, incorporates a grand concave entrance to welcome pupils in and give immediate views onto a large triangular spiritual space with an ETFE transparent roof to let natural light through into all classrooms, assembly, performance and dining rooms.

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