Botha’s Halte

If your students and staff aren’t getting the best out of their school grounds – see how we helped to turn Botha’s Halte around…

… With nature-based solutions to unlock the schools latent potential, ensuring that it continues to be relevant and add maximum value into the future…

Faced with limited prefabricated classrooms, harsh winds and temperatures, this regional school fought an uphill battle to create a supportive learning environment. However, with generous funding from Bosjes Estate and a brief that demanded innovative environmental, we were able to design a welcoming and inspiring haven for learners.

So, what sort of campus design strategies achieve this?

• Rethinking site water management creates a welcoming and resilient statement at the school entrance, creates new microclimates, habitats, and outdoor laboratories, is harvested for ablutions and irrigation of the grounds.
• Accessible green roofs insulate the buildings from the extreme temperatures in the valley and include a wide range of indigenous species promoting a sensory learning experience.
• Sunken play areas provide shelter from the winds with exciting and challenging terrain for active play, tailored for all ages and capabilities, chosen to promote physical and cognitive development for individuals as well as social interaction between groups.
• Vegetable gardens and orchards provide learning opportunities and food for lunches and produce for the adjacent wine farm restaurants.
• Locally endangered vegetation is rehabilitated and celebrated as part of the natural heritage and identity of the community while minimizing the school’s environmental footprint.

The result – Nature based solutions for leading learning environments

Botha’s Halte is a world-class school that stands out from the rest by working with nature to create a multifunctional play and learning experience. By incorporating the best practice principles for resilient design, the landscape has become a fun, and creative learning environment that the students, teachers and community can celebrate.

Why not contact your local office to optimally, creatively, and sensibly activate your school grounds?

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