Early in 2016, Sonam Angdus, the construction manager, noticed problems with several timber columns, which prompted a series of structural surveys. They showed that the devastating mudslide in 2010 had caused hidden structural damage throughout the campus.

Over the winter, Drukpa Trust worked closely with the Arup design team to prepare a mudslide repair and seismic upgrade programme, with life safety and resilience for the next 50 years as key factors. On completion, the school will be a resistant post-disaster community aid hub in the event of an earthquake, serving Shey and the surrounding area.

Being a functioning school with around 840 students, open from March to early December (then closed for the harsh winter), the repair work will be phased over several years so that groups of students can be placed in temporary classroom and residential accommodation while the work is completed building by building.

 

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