Robin Hill ‘Nesting’ Treehouse Development
Accommodation – Hotel and Leisure
Isle of Wight
Blue Forest are pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to produce the designs for an exciting and imaginative multi-million pound treehouse development.
Aptly called ‘Nesting’, the scheme which comprises of 13 natural treehouses, 11 timber lodges and 40 glamping tents (for seasonal use) is being created at the award-winning attraction, Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. Home to the world renowned Bestival music festival.
Inspired by Nature
The iconic design for the treehouses was inspired by nature and is based on the curvy and organic form of a Weaver bird’s nest.
Consideration has been given as to how ‘Nesting’ can fit within the sensitive countryside environment.
Mr Andy Payne , Founder – Blue Forest, said, “each treehouse will be positioned slightly differently within the woodland, perhaps rotated, sunken down within the valley or lifted up in the surrounding tree canopy. Like a cluster of fruit, the treehouses appear similar but not identical. They have been created to complement each other and will really come into their own when viewed collectively, sitting harmoniously within the landscape”.
To ensure a sensitive design approach, Blue Forest are delighted to have engaged the services of architect’s practice, Tate Harmer, who specialise in sustainable designs that work with nature. By a careful selection of natural materials, the lodges and treehouses will blend into their natural surroundings, complemented by a sensitive landscaping scheme.
Sustainable Nesting Designs That Work With Nature
The proposed treehouses will be clad almost entirely in sustainably sourced, premium grade Cedar shingles, giving an elegant yet natural finish. The combination of these neutral colours & textures has been identified as being particularly effective for helping the structures blend in with their surroundings. The cedar shingles used for part of the wall cladding will weather in a relatively short period of time to a natural silver grey colour.
The development is to be sited in areas of Robin Hill which are currently unused or in need of regeneration. The proposed accommodation will nestle into the natural landscape of the park, maximising on the most stunning views across the valley and providing unique visitor accommodation.
Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited, said, “After years of careful planning, I am delighted to unveil our proposals for ‘Nesting’, a high quality development of timber framed lodges and treehouses to be sited in areas of Robin Hill currently unused or in need of regeneration, but which provide the most stunning views across the valley. Tourism is very important for the Island and ‘Nesting’ is a further development of Robin Hill which is designed to extend the tourism season. We started with our ‘electric woods’ events a few years ago and these are proving very popular with attracting visitors, however, the Island needs more quality, fun and imaginative accommodation of this type to attract visitors for longer stays so they can enjoy the numerous festivals and events which now take place on an almost year round basis. Nesting ticks that box and at the same time provides opportunities for other local tourism businesses to operate a longer season. What is also important is the need to try to change the very nature of seasonal employment and create more year-round careers within the tourism sector for our young people. This is the next step in that long but critical process. Within both our parks, Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine, we have staff who have grown with the business; starting with seasonal work whilst at school or university and progressing through the ranks to become department managers and Park managers. This is what we encourage and ‘Nesting’ will provide more of these opportunities. This is a huge project and our aim is to have ‘Nesting’ completed and ready to welcome visitors from Spring 2018. We think it will create a lot of interest – after all, who has never wanted to stay in a treehouse!”
Rob da Bank, Curator, Bestival, said, “I totally support the development of this creative style of accommodation. It fits with all the values that Bestival and Robin Hill have in common; it’s high quality, imaginative and wild! The design of the new lodges and tree houses and the way they enhance the natural landscape is quite amazing – and something the Island is crying out for!”
A planning application has recently been submitted by Vectis Ventures Ltd for the scheme. Phase One of ‘Nesting’ is proposed for opening Spring 2018.