Beehive Technology and Enterprise Park
Chilomoni, Blantyre, Malawi
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Location:
Chilomoni, Blantyre, Malawi
Category:
work & business
Phase:
design development
Updated:
4 August 2021
The Beehive Centre for Social Enterprise in Malawi is creating a higher education and enterprise campus for 2000 people. Beehive is a community-led initiative that seeks to empower local people through quality education and job creation. The new campus will enable students to access training, as well as first hand experience at one of Beehive’s enterprises. This is vital in an area where 42.7% of the labour force is economically inactive (ONS).
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Introduction
The Beehive Centre for Social Enterprise is located in Chilomoni, an impoverished area on the outskirts of Blantyre. Here 70% who work live on less than $2 per day. 58% of children finish primary school and a mere 8% go onto secondary school. In 2007 the local community partnered with UK charity Krizevac Project to set up Beehive, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to alleviate poverty and transform the area through job creation, providing high quality education and supporting the most vulnerable. There are 700 people employed at Beehive. 5000 adults have received training and 500 students currently attend the nursery and IT college. Over 10,000 children and their families have been supported through outreach programmes.

Our vision is to turn the existing site into a dedicated education campus serving children aged 1-18, following the imminent opening of Beehive’s new school. This will initially be a combined primary and secondary school, but as it expands the secondary school will need to move into its own buildings. The intention is for it to occupy the existing IT College and enterprise buildings on campus. These are to be moved to the new Beehive Technology and Enterprise Park, which will be located on an undeveloped plot of land across town, owned by Beehive. The first building to be built will house Beehive's Tailoring enterprise - the Cycle of Good (COG), who make upcycled and recycled goods from waste materials and Beetech, Beehive's data processing enterprise.
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Impact
The new campus is designed around flexible, work /learn buildings for 2000 people. Building 01 will enable COG and Beetech to expand their teams from 70 to 200 people and Beehive's IT College can grow from 500 to 1000 students. The College will be able to broaden its curriculum to offer a wider range of vocational courses, inc. Teacher Training, Tailoring, Construction, Machinery Maintenance and Solar Engineering. The work/learn campus will provide a unique opportunity for students to leave education with both a qualification and work experience. Paid work/ learn placements and bursaries will enable the most vulnerable to access higher education and the site will be fully DDA compliant. There will be a focus on equal participation between men and women, to promote womens rights.

The campus will be the gateway into Chilomoni from Blantyre, and its high quality design and construction will create an inspiring entrance. Typically buildings in the area are single-storey and the maximum building height at the existing Beehive campus is 3-storey. The Technology Park will house Chilomoni's first 4-storey buildings, lifting local aspirations. It will help attact new business opportunities, drawing people to the area and helping to change the perspective of Chilomoni across the country. Many jobs will be created through the construction of the campus. Each building can employ up to 100 casual workers, many of whom are women. They often come to Beehive unskilled and receive on the job training, giving them marketable skills with which they can enter the local job market.
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Core team
Krizevac Project initially met the Chilomoni community through the Catholic Church and the construction of the Way of the Cross. When asked how else Krizevac could support the community, the overwhelming response was jobs and thus Beehive was created. The construction department was established in 2010 to design and build the many architectural projects at the existing campus. The local team partners with international volunteer Architects and Engineers to create each building. The Technology and Enterprise Campus team is comprised of the following members:

DIRECTORS:
Tony Smith (UK) – Founder
Vince Owen (UK) – Krizevac MD
Peter Nkata (MWI) – Beehive MD

DESIGN TEAM:
Julianne Cassidy (UK) – Lead Architect – 3 yrs at Beehive in Malawi
Jess Bailey (UK) – Project Architect – 16 months at Beehive
Keith Banda (MWI) – Architectural Assistant  – 7 yrs at Beehive
Charity Gombwa (MWI) – Construction Administrator – 4 yrs at Beehive
Tiyezye Ngwira (MWI) – Procurement Manager – 3.5 yrs at Beehive
Valentine Mitunda (MWI) – Consultant QS – 5 yrs with Beehive

CONSTRUCTION TEAM:
Hendrix Mgawana (MWI) – Construction Manager – 10 yrs at Beehive.
Amos Mgawana (MWI) - Head Foreman – 18 months at Beehive.
Mphidza Malingamoyo – Site Foreman - 5 yrs at Beehive
Allan Chirwa (MWI) – H&S Officer – 10 yrs at Beehive.
100 + local laborers (MWI).

CONSULTANTS:
Gibson Msukwa (MWI) – Local Structural Engineer.
Sam Youdan (UK) – Structural Engineer – Ex-Beehive volunteer.
Chris Sadler (UK) – Civil Engineer – Ex-Beehive volunteer.
Cathy Bishop (UK) – Drainage Engineer – Ex-Beehive volunteer.
Core Team

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Image gallery
Beehive Sites in relation to Chilomoni and Blantyre

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View of Chilomoni Highstreet towards Existing Beehive Campus

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View of Chilomoni highstreet towards the Beehive Technology and Enterprise Campus

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View of the Beehive Technology and Enterprise Campus from Blantyre

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View across the site looking North at the Mountains

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View of the site looking East

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Rendered Masterplan

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3D Axo from the North West corner

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3D Axo from North east corner

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3D View of North East Entrance plaza

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Street elevation view from Blantyre

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3D Axo from South west corner

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Street elevation view from Chilomoni (Building 01 in the foreground)

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Building 01 Materials

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Hydraform Blocks at Beehive's Hydraform Production Unit

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Hydraform in operation

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Existing Beehive Campus - Material palette will be the same at the new campus

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Existing Beehive Campus - Hall, Admin, Beetech / COG and IT College

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Technical drawings
Site Location Plan

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Site Masterplan

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Building 01_L00

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Building 01 _ L01

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Building 01 _ L02

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Building 01 _ L03

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Building 01_3D View

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Building 01 _ North Elevation

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Building 01 _ South Elevation

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Building 01 _ East Elevation

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Building 01 _ West Elevation

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Where are we now
The design of the Masterplan is in development, with pro-bono Structural, Civil and M&E engineering being carried out by UK experts. The first building has received provisional planning permission, pending the submission of a structural construction set, which the team are compiling. Beehive's Construction team have begun site mobilisation this week.

We have use of construction equipment from Beehive’s Plant and Vehicle Hire enterprise. Beehive's Hydraform team will produce all blocks for the campus. We have ongoing finanical support from corporate sponsors, however, this has been impacted by Covid. We are looking to diversify our funding streams through grants and our ‘Give a Brick’ scheme.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
60% funding already raised
72% expertise already found
60% materials / equipment already found
20% builders already found
Finance: € 3,000
We need approximately 60,000 Hydraform blocks to complete the first building and atleast 10 times that to complete the Technology and Enterprise campus. We are launching our 'Give a Brick' scheme that will enable us to fund the production of these eco-blocks. Hydraform blocks are a sustainable alternative to bricks, as many trees are burnt to make local bricks, fueling Malawi's deforestation problem. Instead, we use a small amount of cement and subsoil that needs no burning. Each block costs €0.22 to make and helps keep Beehive's Hydraform team in employment. The €3000 from AD partners would enable us to make 13636 blocks - 23% of all blocks needed to construct the first building.
  • 13636 Hydraform Blocks
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Skills: Design
We have an amazing team of local and international experts supporting the development of the Beehive Technology and Enterprise Campus. There are, however, a couple of gaps in our skill set that we want to fill. These are:

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
The Masterplan is designed around a series of courtyard gardens. The advice of a Landscape Architect would be invaluable in helping us develop these into a series of unique outdoor learning spaces, which staff and the community can enjoy. We are also keen to integrate local ecology into their design, to minimise the developments impact on wildlife. Landscape Architects are rare in Malawi, so it is necessary to seek advice from someone outside the country. They will, however, be able to work with Beehive's Gardening team who can advise on local plant species.
 
SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT / MECHANICAL ENGINEER:
Our ambition is to develop a sustainable development that looks to use environmentally- friendly materials and energy sources. Beehive’s existing campus is powered by a solar array, with a battery storage system. We are aware, however, that batteries become hazardous waste at the end of their life, and we want to avoid this at the Technology and Enterprise Park through the creation of a mechanical power storage system. We are looking to work with an Engineer who can advise us on its design.
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