Gold medal-winning dome finds new home helping local school children

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Lydlynch Infant School, Totton, Hampshire

The Solardome geodesic dome that featured in a RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s gold medal-winning garden is now a vibrant new outdoor classroom at a local school.

Lydlynch Infant School in Totton was facing an issue many schools share: a lack of available learning space. This came to the attention of Solardome Industries’ Marketing Manager Alice Dickinson, whose daughter starts at the school in September this year. Alice saw an opportunity to help and spoke to Headteacher Kate Lane about introducing a geodesic dome. “The school was looking for ways to turn its overgrown, unused courtyard area into a learning space,” she explains. “We’ve installed geodesic domes in over 80 schools around the UK with really positive results, and I thought it could work for Lydlynch too.”

Supporting the local community

A SOLARDOME Agena in the courtyard at local SchoolSolardome Industries seized on the opportunity to make a new contribution to the local community. As Managing Director Pippa Bailey explains, “We offered both our time and expertise to deliver and install the dome. We actively support local charities so we were delighted to be able to support a local school as well.”

A ‘really exciting addition’

Since it opened in April 2015, the dome has hosted all kinds of small group sessions on handwriting, phonics, storytelling and much more. It even became a polling station for Lydlynch Election Day and doubles as a beautiful display space for the students’ sculptures and artwork. Future plans are for it to host timetabled activities as well. The reaction to the dome has been overwhelmingly positive, from staff, parents and pupils alike. As Miss Lane explains, “Generally, people say ‘WOW’ and think it is a really exciting addition to the school.”

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