Dudley Rotary Club Education Centre Building Project

Regular photos and updates from SOS Africa's first Education Centre Building Project at Grabouw Primary School commencing on 5th December 2018. The multi-functional facility, which has been funded by Dudley Rotary Club, will be the new home of the charity's Grabouw Education Programme.


BUILD COMPLETE: FINAL DUDLEY ROTARY EDUCATION CENTRE PHOTOS

After just 25 days, the construction and decoration of the Dudley Rotary Education Centre is complete and fully operational. We are delighted to be able to share photos of the completed build here...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Centre's African Animal Mural by Claudia Titley

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Outside Learning Area

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Main Classrooms

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Food Preparation Area

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Library & Counselling Room

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

The Staff Room

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

SOS Africa CEO Matt with School Principal Herholdt and Centre Manager Des

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Final Photos

And here is what the SOS Africa Children think...


 DAYS 19 - 25: PAINTING, DECORATING & FURNISHING...

With the building work complete, the race is now on to finish the painting, decorating and furnishing of the facility by the 21st January when the doors will open to the SOS Africa children for the first time...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project - Painting & Decorating

Day 18 - BUILDING WORK COMPLETE!!

After a formidable team effort, in just 18 days the building crew have completed the Dudley Rotary Education Centre! A big thank you to Peter, Jomo and their team for a job well done... Tomorrow the painting and decorating begins...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 18


Build Day 17

The building team complete the Outside Learning Space pergola structure and begin skimming the interior walls ready for decoration. Meanwhile we begin choosing the colour scheme in preparation for painting and decorating to begin next week...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 17 


Build Days 15 & 16

With the build just days away from completion, the team construct the pergola which will provide shading for the Outside Learning Space. Meanwhile the carpenters complete the timber framing around the windows and doors and we get a first glimpse at the pine flooring...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 15 & 16

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 15 & 16

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 15 & 16

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 15 & 16

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 15 & 16


Build Days 13 & 14

With the outer decking complete and the lighting and electrics installed, the building crew begin working on the interior and exterior finishing with the aim of completion over the weekend...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 13 & 14

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 13 & 14

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 13 & 14

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 13 & 14

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 13 & 14


Build Days 11 & 12

With the interior work progressing well and the electricians busy fitting the lighting and electrics, our building crew began fitting the decking for the outside learning space...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 11 & 12


Build Days 9 & 10

The building crew are joined by SOS Africa's Matt, Claudia and Baby Ted who have flown out from the UK for the remainder of the project. The project is really picking up momentum as the windows and plasterboard walls and ceilings are fitted...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 9 & 10

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 9 & 10

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 9 & 10

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 9 & 10

Dudley Build Day 10 - 4.JPG

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 9 & 10


Build Day 8

Fresh from the Christmas break our team return for the 2nd phase of the build and are joined by the electricians who begin fitting the wiring for the lighting and electrics...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 8


Build Day 7

Throughout the weekend the building crew focused on raising and securing the roof to ensure that the structure would be water-tight - insulation was also fitted to help keep the building warm over the winter and cool during the summer. As you can see from the penultimate image, the team also began fitting decking for the Outside Learning Area. After a hugely successful 7 days, the team then departed for a well-deserved Christmas break...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

Dudley Build Day 8 - 4.jpg

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 7


Build Day 6...

Today our Education Centre has really started to take shape as the team began securing the walls in position. It is remarkable to think how much they have achieved in less than a week...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6


Build Day 5...

On Day 5 the crew assembled the outer walls, comprised of timber stud with an infill of isotherm insulation (shredded plastic bottles). The exterior surface of the walls are made up of Nutek planks (planks made up of renewable fibres, cement, silica and water with excellent thermal properties and weather resistance). Tomorrow, we erect walls...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 6


Build Day 4...

Now that the base of the structure has been secured on cement slabs, throughout Build Day 4 the team proceeds with the construction of the timber frame walls...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3 


Build Day 3...

With the majority of the work on the timber frame base complete, the next step is to place each post onto a solid footing; a cement paving slab. It may seem as if progress on Day 3 was slow, but this stage has to be meticulous... the last thing we want is a wonky building!

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 3


Build Day 2...

And she's up! During the rain breaks, the team raise the building off the ground and onto posts. This is the benefit of building a timber-frame structure, the design achieves two things; it avoids digging foundations and allows us to disassemble the building into parts and move it elsewhere should we ever need to...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 2

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 2

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 2


Build Day 1...

The building work has officially begun! The team start by assembling the timbers for the base of the building - this already gives us a good idea of the footprint of the structure...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 1

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 1

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Day 1


Build Day 0...

Here it is, the morning before it all starts... Watch how this space transforms over the coming weeks...

SOS Africa Charity Education Centre Building Project Construction Begins


For information about the Dudley Rotary Education Centre Click Here.