Primary pupils in Smith’s Wood have received a unique outdoor classroom as part of the brand new village centre at North Arran Way.
The futuristic glass dome, at Smith’s Wood Community Primary School, will be used as a unique alternative to traditional classroom teaching, as well as for projects such as growing vegetables and a school ‘biome’.
Headteacher John Talbot said: “The solar dome is another example of how we are creating environments for inspirational learning here at Smith’s Wood.”
Built by North Midland Construction plc, (NMC), the geodesic dome is designed so at least two glass panes are always directed towards the Sun’s rays with the temperature then moderated by base, middle and roof vents.
It is part of the NMC’s £1 million public works contract with North Solihull Partnership, which will see four schools, including Smith’s Wood Primary, completely re-built.
This also includes a village centre, access road, street furniture and lighting, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Councillor Ian Courts, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We’ve got to applaud what is yet another step forward for Smith’s Wood Village Centre.”