Mudslide Repair and Seismic Upgrade Programme


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 four-year 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 over 820 students, open from March to early December (then closed for the harsh winter), the repair work will be phased over four years so that groups of students can be placed in temporary classroom and residential accommodation while the work is completed building by building.


Additional mudslide/flood mitigation measures

The school survived another mudslide in August 2015. The students, staff and buildings were unharmed, protected by the north-east facing defence wall that was built during 2011/12 after the major 2010 cloudburst and mudslides. However, swathes of the campus suffered and so we plan to build additional mudslide defences on the north-west side. Without this, the effects of climate change will undoubtedly cause future damage to the school.

Additional protection will be in the form of a water retention pond and an earth berm in the north-west corner. The existing north-west wall will be strengthened, and if any water seeps through the retention pond will catch it. Controlled drainage from the pond will take the water to an old dry river bed.


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Health and Wellbeing


A key theme is to achieve sustainable standards of Health and Wellbeing for the students for the long-term. Construction projects include:

•    four residential shower buildings - the Eco Showers are sustainably designed, heated by the sun (water and air) and seismically resilient.
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•    dining hall dry latrines
•    additional residential dormitory capacity
•    health centre
•    secondary school dry latrines

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Landscape and Gardens


The ‘Dragon Garden’ Landscape and Gardens programme has a wide range of basic and ambitious projects including:

The high-altitude desert location creates a very dry and dusty 11.5 hectare campus and many of the school’s open spaces still bear the scars of the colossal mudslide that hit the campus in August 2010. We resolved to transform this scene of devastation into a lush and stimulating learning environment for students and staff.

  • Drip Irrigation phase 2
  • Network of slate-paving pathways
  • Fruit orchard
  • Garden team
  • Adventure playground
  • Shade Court
  • Residential courtyard gardens
  • Dragon shelterbelt
  • Sports facilities
  • Themed gardens
  • Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
  • Dragon entrance and gates
  • Indus Valley look-out platform
  • Visitor centre garden and terrace
  • Lotus pond
  • and possibly a school farm


The funding needs range from:

  Indian Rupees INR US Dollar USD UK Pound Sterling GBP
Tree sapling / seeds 96 1.50 1
A stonemason for a month 14,500 225 150
Drip irrigation equipment 3,59,575 5,580 3,720
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) 4,83,300 7,500 5,000

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