Our Architectural assistant has been featured in the RIBA Journal!

Earlier this year, our Architectural Assistant, Julia, along with her fellow University of Nottingham Architecture students went to South Africa to transform the lives of a community in Limpopo. 

This project, that was built in just 20 days, has been included in the RIBA Journal. Julia, along with the rest of the team, built one of the nine timber creches constructed since 2010. It provides classrooms, a kitchen office and play structures for 79 children and teachers. Before the project has started, Julia was fundraising for the construction of the creche.

Extract of the article shown below:

‘A timber ‘creche’, built in just 20 days by architecture students from the University of Nottingham, will provide the young children of Deerpark in South Africa with their crucial first learning environment.

The 500m2 Early Childhood Development Centre, in Mortusi village outside Tzaneen, Limpopo, is the result of a partnership between the Design+Build Studio at the Department of Architecture + Built Environment and local NGO the Thusanang Trust, which trains head teachers to run creches for children up to six years old.

It is one of nine creches built since 2010 by the partners and will provide classrooms, play structures, a kitchen office, and storage for 79 children and teachers.

The project was designed and primarily funded by the 50+ architecture students and 10+ staff at Design+Build Studio, and students were flown to South Africa. It was built with support from local subcontractors and UK-based engineer Price and Myers. For many students it was their first end-to-end experience of construction.’

In 2015, Julia flew out to South Africa to build a nursery with The University of Nottingham team, you can see this project here

The finished projects looks amazing and has provided an invaluable experience to all the architecture students.

We are very proud of Julia!

You can read more about the project here.