In September 2019, construction finally concluded on the new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) School building at Botha Halte Primary School, just off the R43 near Botha Wine Cellar in Worcester, South Africa. The ICT School, which was initiated and privately funded by Farmprops (Pty) Ltd, representing the Bosjes Family Trust, is the first of its kind in the Western Cape, with construction going the extra mile to ensure maximum sustainability.
“This is a love project, to give back and uplift the local community, while implementing the same technology and applications in a rural environment as are normally seen in an urban environment,” comments Tiaan Meyer, architect and director of Meyer & Associates Architects and Urban Designers.
The designers and contractors involved in the project used eco-friendly materials and products whenever and however possible. For example, solar panels, strategic water storage and wind turbines were fitted; and sustainable seating, walls and steps were selected. The Terraforce 4×4 step block was chosen in order to provide cost-effective and robust seating, and the Terraforce L11 block was picked to act as plantable and permeable earth-retaining walls on the school grounds.
“The blocks offer a good looking and neat finish, and Decorton Retaining Systems – sub-contracted by JJ Dempers Group – specialising in Terraforce retaining walls, did a great job installing the blocks. The seating also fits in seamlessly with the rest of the architecture, that showcases modern, clean finishes, fresh colours and sustainable technology.”says Meyer.
The ICT School also boasts a solar energy bank and a play area chockfull of indigenous trees and plants, along with plush, green grass for the pupils of Breede Valley to enjoy. This beautiful landscaping was undertaken by Square One Landscape Architects together with Afri Landscapes.
All future learning activities taking place at Botha Halte will be provided by Bosjes Family Trust, in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).
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