Basics architects, new delhi lead architects: ar. vinod singhi and ar. ranju singhi, founders and principal architects interior design: basics architects, new delhi landscape architect: basics architects, new delhi
Design brief and aim
To upgrade a school.
How this was accomplished
The apex management of DCM Group of Industries, decided in 2009 to refurbish the Dr. Bansi Dhar Shriram School, as a corporate social responsibility initiative by DCM to benefit the local community. Named after one of the pillars of the conglomerate, the school is run by the Shriram Social Development Society.
The institution functioned as a primary school from 2008, housed in a dilapidated single storied structure with exposed rubble masonry construction. The clients wished to restore the existing structure, with floors and rooms added to accommodate more students. The 40,000 sq ft project was completed in two parts with norms laid out by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), followed
While planning the restoration of the structure, it was clear that the existing structure did not have the necessary structural integrity for further design proposals. Structural reports were procured from experts, and a comprehensive budget prepared for both renovation as well as an alternate plan. It was established that it was wiser to leave the existing building as is and construct new buildings to meet the requirements. Being a CSR initiative, there were mandates on the finances which posed a challenge.