Award-winning architecture and design firm, The Beaumont Partnership (TBP), have realised a dream of a lifetime by establishing TBP Foundation, a project aimed at making a positive, long-term and sustainable contribution to not only the industry in which the firm has enjoyed enormous success for many years but to Thailand as a whole.
TBP Foundation will develop a school in Chaiyaphum province that will offer a free education to underprivileged children with an innovative curriculum that encourages the development of intelligence, emotional and social competencies together with physical and spiritual dimensions.
Parents will play an active role in the development of the school to ensure high living standards and community integration as the school will move forward to achieve its goal of operating as a self-sustainable concern through the assistance and support of business enterprises.
TBP Chief Executive Officer, Tim Beaumont, said this important step for the company was the final and most meaningful piece to put in place following the re-branding of the company as it moved away from its former licensing agreement with Woods Bagot and establish itself as a fully Thai-owned international professional services company.
“Our company has been operating successfully in Thailand for more than 18 years and the partners decided that the time had come for us to give something meaningful back to Thailand which has supported us and provided our company with so many fulfilling opportunities,” Mr Beaumont said.
“We see a fundamental need in Thailand for quality education to be made available at all levels of society but unfortunately this is not achievable to many of the underprivileged.
“Without a sound education, millions of Thais are unable to reach their development potential or improve the financial position for themselves and their families. As a consequence we have established The Beaumont Partnership Foundation to embark upon the development of a school for the underprivileged which will focus on creative skills and community involvement.”
According to TBP Foundation research, the average income per household per month in the north east of Thailand is THB11,000, with 80% of primary income coming from agriculture. Moreover, literacy remains a low 35% with 60% of students leaving school aged between 13 and 15 years old.
Chaiyaphum was chosen as the location of the school as it was in a rural area that needed a quality education institution and was within three and a half hours drive from Bangkok so TBP staff and clients could become actively involved in the project, Mr Beaumont added.
The overall master plan is being created by TBP, whose school development credentials encompass the likes of International School Bangkok, Bangkok Patana School and Harrow International School and involves a three-phase integrated development schedule.
This begins with two separate facilities, a Foundation School and a Hospitality College, which will be built on a 113,572 square metre plot of land and are scheduled for completion in October 2011.
School facilities will include administration and community buildings, primary and secondary school buildings, a hard tennis court, a 15m x 25m swimming pool, a full-sized soccer and rugby pitch, kindergarten, library, dining rooms, a parking and drop off area, a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing plant, loading and security areas and staff accommodation. The Hospitality College, an initiative aimed at fulfilling a growing need for trained hotel professionals to serve Thailand’s expanding hotel and resort accommodation sector, will have its own reception area, hotel guest rooms, student accommodation and residential facilities that will provide “operational” educational opportunities.
The second phase will feature a Business Park and the third phase will develop an Agricultural Zone as the final components to ensure that the facilities are completely integrated and interlinked both in terms of ensuring students reach their full potential and stay in touch with their cultural backgrounds.