Mayor launches Pippins’ new igloo

An eco-friendly dome to provide respite from overhead planes has been officially opened at a primary school.

Pippins igloo

From the Slough Observer:

Pippins School, in Raymonds Close, Colnbrook, celebrated the opening of the self-named ‘Pippadrome’ on Friday last week (20).

Staff and pupils were joined by Mayor of Slough Shafiq Chaudhry and staff from Heathrow Airport at the launch.

The airport has offered the £85,000 abode igloo buildings to schools in the vicinity so they can learn outdoors without being distracted by aircraft noise.

The buildings are made from long tubes of soil and can sit up to 30 pupils.

From the Slough Express:

Classes can now be taken outside at a school in Colnbrook thanks to a new shelter which was funded by Heathrow Airport Holdings.

Pupils at Pippins School in Raymond Close often miss out on being taught outside because of the noise made by planes overhead as the school is in a flight path for Heathrow airport.

However a new adobe shelter, made from mud, has been built in the grounds of the school and includes an underground bunker, meaning that children can enjoy learning outside.

Business manager at the school, Eve Harvey, says the children are ‘really enjoying’ the new shelter.

She said: “Pippins is the closest school in Slough to Terminal Five and noise is a big issue.

“But now, thanks to the shelter classes can have story time outside and it’s also big enough to hold whole school assemblies there as well.”

The shelter was unveiled on Friday, June 20.

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