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Sandhenge, Bath by Feilden Clegg Bradley


The sandbag igloo was constructed in a field in Bath as a prototype for accommodation and housing development in Namibia

The igloo’s design, built by 30 architects and staff, focuses on ease of reproduction for the local community using readily available materials and traditional methods. The structure of tiered sandbags is bound and secured with barbed wire and Super Adobe is employed in place of older earth technologies to increase speed and ease of construction. Demolition of the igloo was carried out to test the maximum force the structure could resist.

The structures will be used in the extension of the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre in Namibia.


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  • No hard hat?
    Standing at height in a digger's bucket?
    Lifting in that posture?
    Barbed wire?

    Are these readily available equipment and traditional methods in Namibia?

    Time to build a sick bay and surgery for the Gobabeb Centre, but I hope Feilden Clegg Bradley don't get the work cos the facilities would not be available until it was built.

    Now where is the HSE's phone number?

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  • They have to be serious about how people can safely built it and live in it comfortably. good try but does not convince me. Are there HSE in Namibia???

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  • Since you ask, the Namibian 'Government Notice No. 156 of 1997: Regulations relating to the
    health and safety of employees at work' include
    Chap. 1: Rights and duties of employers
    Chap. 2: Administration
    Chap. 3: Welfare and facilities at work-places
    Chap. 4: Safety of machinery
    Chap. 5: Hazardous substances
    Chap. 6: Physical hazards and general provisions
    Chap. 7: Medical examinations and emergency arrangements
    Chap. 8: Construction safety
    Chap. 9: Electrical safety

    These regs should put a (hard) hat on the project.

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