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From trash to an ECD treasure<p>​​The new Delft Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre was built using unconventional building materials which has allowed the project to be completed significantly under budget. This initiative was led by architect Ashley Hemraj and his team from the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) in collaboration with project manager Oliver Wentley from the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate.<br><br>The project called for the proposed ECD to accommodate 200 children in a safe, secure and stimulating structure. Taking up National Government’s challenge to incorporate innovative building materials in the building of social infrastructure, Ashely and his team consulted the existing literature to learn more about the availability and suitability of alternative building methods and materials.</p><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/IMG_1449.jpg" style="width:512px;" /><figcaption> <p> © City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> </span>“The fundamental thinking around material selection was reuse, instead of recycling,” said Ashley.<br><br>The eventual solution was a steel frame structure enhanced by tyres, eco-bricks, glass bottles, straw bales, compressed earth bricks and cob (a mixture of clay, straw and sand). Reclaimed construction materials were also used, including 1 500 m2 of pavers taken from a demolition site. The building ended up being approximately 30% cheaper than a conventional structure, but it was not without challenges. <br><br>At first, the alternative methods and materials did not sit well with the various professional teams. However, over the course of the project the design began to come together and the teams were eventually won over.<br><br>The result is a valuable new social asset for the Delft community which has also contributed to the area’s upliftment through the use of local labour; and through an inclusive school education drive which taught young learners how to repurposing non-recyclable materials for re-use in innovative ways.2017-04-06T22:00:00ZGP0|#e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba;L0|#0e3c03ac1-845c-4119-815d-e796340463ba|Community news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4b1f612f-669f-47c2-b682-4bdfbd51e6df;L0|#04b1f612f-669f-47c2-b682-4bdfbd51e6df|Delft;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#fac4f1d5-e9ae-4fa1-8aab-b81d65e72a6b;L0|#0fac4f1d5-e9ae-4fa1-8aab-b81d65e72a6b|ECD centre;GP0|#b410af97-32ab-4275-8828-eb8ea57e6b46;L0|#0b410af97-32ab-4275-8828-eb8ea57e6b46|TDA1

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