and dome buildings to
From glasshouses and rooftop
classrooms to multiple merged domes,
there is a dome to suit every school.
Since 1995 our family-run firm has led the
way in designing geodesic domes.
Today we are the number one supplier of
glasshouses, skylights and dome buildings
to schools and colleges across the country.
Each one is strong, safe, eco-friendly,
low-maintenance, and comes with our
comprehensive aftercare guarantee.
So take a closer look and discover what
you could achieve with a Solardome
glasshouse, skylight or dome building.
Bring learning to life
Create a multipurpose outdoor classroom or
dome building to inspire students and make
your school stand out.
“As an inclusive space that
inspires young minds there
really is nothing quite like it”
Helen Jones, Outdoor Learning Coordinator, Belmont School, Gloucester
in the UK.
“It’s better than we expected. Parents, staff, everyone is
impressed with it. It really does have that wow factor.”
Brian Anderson, Headteacher, Springhead Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent
More than 80 schools across the UK already have a dome to educate,
inspire and enhance every area of the curriculum.
Domed classrooms to
bring learning to life
It is well known that learning outside the classroom
is recognised as important for the personal, social
and emotional development of students.
A glass geodesic dome brings the outdoors indoors
and provides a practical ‘inbetween’ space. We have
created laboratories for tomorrow’s scientists, mini-
Eden projects for the study of plants, and theatre-in-
the-round performance spaces akin to Shakespeare’s
A geodesic dome can be used as more than a
classroom. It can serve as a tranquil space for nurture
groups, circle time and quiet study time,
as well as staff and PTA meetings.
It can also be used an an enhanced sensory space
where students can learn in a hands-on environment
and interact with plants and nature to help improve
concentration and relieve anxiety.
means a more
gain all year round,
making it more
efficient to heat.
Lightweight and aerodynamic:
Ideal for sitting on rooftops and exposed sites.
Base vents draw in cold
air, top window vents
efficiently extract hot air
Benefits of a geodesic dome
Bring the outside inside
Every dome benefits from 360 degree views and
natural light, to give the impression of being outside
with all the benefits of being inside.
Maximise your investment
Combine the best growing environment with the
flexibility of an outdoor classroom and meeting space.
The circular layout is excellent for group work and
helps to promote the inclusion of everyone.
Our domes are ideal for practical activities across the
curriculum, and alleviate pressure on other facilities.
Make the most of your space
The height and shape, with no internal supports, gives
you maximum space for practical teaching.
Transform underused areas
Our lightweight domes need minimal foundations
which means they easily transform rooftops,
courtyards, playgrounds and ‘dead spaces’.
Share it with your community
Host community groups and show off your school
without having to open the main school building.
Make money from your dome
As an extra school resource your dome can be hired
to outside groups or for functions.
no chance of rust.
structure: lasts for
up to wind, rain
SOLARDOME® Pod SOLARDOME® Haven SOLARDOME® Retreat SOLARDOME® Sanctuary SOLARDOME® Paradise
There are five glasshouse domes in this range,
suitable for a variety of school activities.
The natural strength and aerodynamics of the
geodesic design, ensure they last and remain robust
even in extreme weather conditions.
Built with mill finished aluminum and single glazed
4mm toughened glass, they come with base level
ventilation, mechanical window winder units and a
secure conservatory-style door. Silicone sealant and UV
stable plastic glazing strips provide a weather-tight seal.
All domes come with a white (external) and silver
(internal) finish as standard and can be power coated
in green, grey or brown if desired. The glass panels
can be swapped for other 4mm panels to suit your
If you need a temperature controlled space to use
your dome all year round, then our SOLARDOME® PRO
system might be more suitable - see page 14
A range of single-glazed domes to transform your school grounds.
Outdoor classrooms range
The Pod is perfect for demonstrating horticultural methods by growing
fruit and vegetables or setting up hydroponics.
“Learning outside the classroom
brings learning to life”
Holly Coles, Teacher, Park View Infant School, Hampshire
Max. diameter 3.62m / 11’10”
Dome height 2.22m / 7’04”
Volume 15m3 / 530ft3
Door width 0.84m / 2’9”
Internal area of base 8.83m2 / 95ft2
Recommended max. capacity 10
The Haven is regularly chosen by schools and colleges to provide a venue
for independent and small group study sessions.
“It provides everything we need in one space
and also represents our commitment to being
a ‘green’ school.”
Angela Stanton, Head Teacher, Alfreton Nursery School, Derbyshire
Max. diameter 4.61m / 15’1’’
Dome height 3.05m / 10’01’’
Volume 34m3 / 1200ft3
Door width 0.74m / 2’5”
Internal area of base 14.93m2 / 161ft2
Recommended capacity 15 – 20
The Retreat is the most popular choice for an outdoor classroom. It can
accommodate classes of up to thirty at primary level.
“The dome was exactly the kind of thing we
wanted, an attention-grabbing high-grade
facility, and it fitted the space so well. ”
Dr. Stutt, Head of Science, The West Bridgford School, Nottingham
Max. diameter 6.27m / 20’07’’
Dome height 3.47m / 11’05’’
Volume 69m3 / 2436ft3
Door width 0.81m / 2’8”
Internal area of base 28.56m2 / 307ft2
Recommended capacity 28 – 35
Max. diameter 8.12m / 26’8’’
Dome height 3.90m / 12’10’’
Volume 125m3 / 4414ft3
Door width 0.8m / 2’7”
Internal area of base 48.77m2 / 525ft2
Recommended capacity 35 – 45
The Sanctuary is suitable as a larger outdoor classroom or STEM facility.
It accommodates classes of up to thirty at secondary level.
“From class lessons to after-school clubs, and even the
Christmas grotto, the school’s dome has become an
invaluable outdoor learning resource.”
Neil Burton, Headteacher, Westgarth Primary School, Redcar and Cleveland
Max. diameter 10.14m / 33’3’’
Dome height 5.20m / 17’1’’
Volume 272m3 / 9606ft3
Door width 0.89m / 2’11”
Internal area of base 77.04m2 / 829ft2
Recommended capacity 40 – 45
The Paradise is ideal for science experiments and large scale horticulture.
It can comfortably accommodate a mezzanine level for increased floor area.
“This facility will make a real impact, not just
on the teaching of plant biology but right across
Dr Stutt, Science (HOD)/Biology, The West Bridgford School, Nottingham
From bespoke CAD drawings to technical advice,
structural analysis and manufacturing, we will listen
carefully and work with you every step of the way.
Whether you want double doors, a specific dome
profile, specialised cladding, double-glazing, or
to link domes and buildings together, we can make
Options and Accessories
Accessories and dome options to
complement your outdoor classroom.
1 Multicoloured internal frame
2 Full dome in green, brown or grey
3 Additional doors, double doors and windows
4 UV reflective film to reduce heat, glare and
5 Acoustic absorbers
6 Wooden cedar and aluminium staging units
7 Wooden benches with storage or galvanised frame
8 Wooden planters
9 Integrated metal frame base
We understand that your new dome is an
important decision, and we’ll be on hand to help
to ensure your dome is configured to meet your
A range of options and accessories (see facing page)
is available to make your dome your own, and if you
already have something specific in mind then we can
work with you to make it a reality. Whether you want
double doors, a specific dome profile, specialised
cladding, double-glazing, or to link domes and
buildings together, we can make it happen.
We can also provide supporting material such as CAD
drawings and techni