Bamiyan Cultural Centre Moving Forward with Construction
October 2016, UNESCO Office in Afghanistan— The Bamiyan Cultural Centre project embarked its construction work for the building on the 14th of September, for the first phase of the project which consists of two exhibition halls, a performance hall, and a tea-house for the entire community, travelers, tourists and visitors. The project is generously funded by the Republic of Korea.
Following the first-stone laying ceremony in June 2016, and an open bidding to select the construction company (June-August 2016), in early September, UNESCO together with the designer, M2R Arquitectos, and the winner of the bidding, Khaliq Kabir Construction Company, started the construction of the building, which has enjoyed the unwavering support of the Afghan government both at national and provincial level.
In order to produce and test the best quality concrete which suits the weather conditions of Bamiyan, an on-site concrete batcher and laboratory was installed, which is a rare case.
The construction work will result in two exhibition halls to house historical treasures of Bamiyan and Afghanistan, a performance hall with 160 seats for concerts, plays and conferences, and a tea-house which will offer the best view in the city toward the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan. An outdoor space is also designed and planned for a friendly space for the community, for the purpose of cultural festivals, gatherings, and family picnics.
In October, H.E. Ambassador CHIN Ki Hoon of the Republic of Korea, the Governor of Bamiyan and the Deputy Ministers of Urban Development and Culture, visited the construction site to examine the process and safety measurements. The Ambassador especially emphasised on ensuring the safety of the workers, and the quality control for the final integrity of the building.