Solardome Industries celebrates its 20th Anniversary!
It has been twenty years since Solardome Industries began, so we’re celebrating with a fond look back at an exhilarating two decades of innovation, awards, the odd TV appearance and plenty of hard work.
Where it all began
It was way back in the 1960s when NATO commissioned the design and development of giant golf ball-shaped radar domes which could withstand extreme winds and storms. On seeing these domes in North Yorkshire, a local engineer recognised their potential as greenhouses and many of the domes subsequently manufactured by his company Rosedale Engineers are still used today. In 1995 the company was sold to Bruce Cowan and Solardome Industries was born.
Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength: in 2008, Operations Director Andy Price and Pippa Bailey, our Managing Director joined the Solardome team. They spearheaded a new phase of development, where improvements to our design and construction methods have allowed us to bring new Solardome® glasshouses to the market. In 2010 we launched our 10-metre standard, followed by the SOLARDOME® POD just a year later. Our smallest dome, the SOLARDOME® POD made owning a geodesic dome both a practical and more affordable option for the domestic market. It was around this time that we moved from a small industrial unit to our current offices, complete with design facilities, on-site factory and showroom.
A revolutionary design
Following the launch of our smallest dome, in 2012 we launched what would become our largest. The award-winning SOLARDOME® PRO architectural system pushed the boundaries of dome design – quite literally – up to 25 metres diameter. The first dome was installed near the Arctic Circle in Norway; echoing its own history, it was designed to withstand the extreme weather conditions – much like those very first geodesic domes of over fifty years ago.
Despite a challenging economic climate, our business has continued to thrive. We’ve been recognised in nine awards in the last four years alone, and our domes draw increasing interest. Regularly featured on television, you can see us on screen yet again next week – watch this space!
Despite all the changes, some things have stayed the same: we still design and manufacture all our domes in Britain, and we remain a family business, as committed to serving our customers as we ever were. Here’s to the next twenty years!