Conkers Aerial Walkway
The 400m long structure - the longest aerial walkway in the UK - is conceived as a ribbon floating through the treetops with three tree houses, or eyries, at different viewpoints along the walkway, enhancing Conkers' learning activities for school children.
The eyries are designed to be versatile, functioning as covered viewing platforms as well as event and educational spaces. Big enough to accommodate over 40 children, the enclosing structure will be formed of a timber gridshell clad in timber shingles.
We have developed the design using our in-house virtual reality technology. By exploring the journey in a cinematic way, we have been able to fine-tune the structure to create a compelling experience, and, more critically, explain the proposals with real clarity to the National Forest and all stakeholders.
The aerial walkway is one of several projects proposed in our masterplan for the Heart of the Forest which includes a lookout tower, woodcraft workshops, forest lodges, a lake and a boat house, green energy, extensive tree planting and forest walks.
Planning was approved for the Conkers Aerial Walkway in February 2018.