LONDON - Pity the poor schoolchildren, at least when the jets scream overhead, which they do about once a minute
'The domes look like hobbit homes, but the school's head teacher, Kathryn Harper-Quinn, said they make it much easier for students to concentrate, especially for those whose first language is not English. "You need to listen to the teacher, but as you need to refocus each time after a plane flies over, you start losing energy," she said.
With the domes, said Caroline Macgill, another teacher, the school is able to hold twice as many outdoor classes and is seeing better results from students.'
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Reuters, Oct. 29 - UK researchers say long-term exposure to aircraft noise increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. A five year study focusing on the noise produced by planes flying in and out of Heathrow reveals a higher rate of hospitalisation for people living near the airport than for those who live in quieter environments.
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Three day practical course led by Julian Faulkner of Small Earth - click here for more details
Learn the principles and practice of how to build with earth using Super Adobe. We will be using technology devised by Iranian Cal-Earth architect Nader Khalili to build rammed earth structures.
Known as Super Adobe this form of building allows for the creation of earth domes which are environmentally friendly, ecologically sound, versatile, affordable, flood, fire and earthquake resistant with brilliant sound and thermal insulation.
- Introduction to essential principles
- Hands-on Foundations construction
- Available natural materials
- Building and working with earth
- On-site conditions
- Bench building
- Earth stabilization techniques
- Plastering and finishes
BBC Radio 4 - PM, 6th May '13
Emma-Jane Kirby from Radio 4's PM talks to staff at Hounslow Heath Infant School along with Small Earth's Julian Faulkner and Matt Gorman, the Sustainability Director of Heathrow Ltd, in a report on the effects of aircraft noise and how our Earth Domes are aiding outside learning.
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Disaster zone shelters help UK school reduce jet noise
July 9 - Frustrated by the noise of trans-Atlantic airplanes flying low overhead, a school near London's Heathrow airport has come up with an innovative solution - superadobe structures originally designed for use in earthquake zones. Jim Drury went for a look.
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Our sandpit and jumping tower, surrounded by a dry moat with crawling tunnels at Grove Road primary School, Hounslow is now complete and the children are loving it. Work is now progressing on a 4metre dome, pond and water dome.
Kathryn Harper-Quinn, Headteacher at Hounslow Heath Infants School talking to Radio London's Penny Smith about the beneficial impact that Small Earth's SuperAdobe Earth Domes are having on the children's welfare and learning experience.
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Originally built for Southbank's Festival of the World, our "London Earth Creature" and other playscape elements have been decorated by artist Jennifer Camilleri for this year's Festival of Neighbourhood which will run throughout the Summer.
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The Deputy Leader of Hounslow Borough Council, Colin Ellar, talking with BBC Radio London's Penny Smith about Small Earth's SuperAdobe domes and playscapes at Hounslow Heath Infants School in Hounslow.
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Russia's main TV channel following up on the story about the noise mitigating properties of Small Earth's SuperAdobe earth domes under Heathrow's flight path, at Hounslow Heath Infants School.
The video includes interviews with Julian Faulkner, Kathryn Harper-Quinn (Headteacher) and pupils at the school.