“Together with the MTCC, an international standard of teaching and built educational facility will be made available to the local community right in the heart of Chilomoni.”
(Julianne Cassidy, St. Kizito Primary School Architect)
Year of Construction
Design Architect / Project Architect
Consultant Site Foreman
Total Building Area (Approx. GEA)
Number of Storeys
Cost per m²
Estimated 562,144 MWK/m²
The St. Kizito Primary School is currently under construction at the Beehive Main Campus, in Chilomoni, Blantyre. The primary School aims to offer quality, international-standard educational facilities to severely impoverished children in the local area, and to provide continuity of education to the students at Beehive’s ‘Mother Teresa Children’s Centre’. The project employs all local workers, providing employment and skills-training in a community where 42.7% of the labour force is inactive (Office for National Statistics).
The school is set out in a three-sided ‘courtyard’ configuration, in order to create a protected, enclosed atmosphere, and is orientated to the South to offer amazing views of the Sanjika hill from nearly all of the teaching and circulation spaces. The building spans 3 storeys (one of only three structures in Chilomoni to do so), in order to raise aspirations, lift spirits and look to the future. Through the building’s formation, varying-scale teaching and recreational spaces are created, to accommodate a range of play and learning activities.
The school’s structure is expressed externally, with site-made Hydraform blocks forming infill between the framing elements; classrooms are therefore free from internal structure, creating neat, obstruction-free and flexible spaces to accommodate a range of furniture, equipment and teaching resource.