Heart of the Forest Masterplan
In May 2006 we completed a masterplan for an area of the National Forest that had once been a colliery, as well as designs for potential new buildings and structures within it.
Our masterplan considers the variety of people and ages who will use the forest park and responds with a variety of places within it; some scenic and tranquil, others active and playful. It enhances existing routes and provides new ones for a variety of modes of transport. The masterplan also indicates a possible site for a future passenger railway station on the existing Mineral Railway line to serve visitors to the forest and local communities.
The Conkers Aerial Walkway will provide a connection between the north and south areas of the site currently separated by the mineral railway. Made of Cor-ten steel columns that will support long-span composite timber and steel trusses, the walkway will at certain points be nearly 50 feet above the ground. Generous circular platforms designed for resting, picnics, birdwatching and more will sit on top of the main columns. Additionally, two iconic new footbridges over existing roads will provide vital connections and create symbolic gateways to the forest park.
Other landmarks will include the Conkers Tower which will provide views over the forest park, the Water Sports Centre on the Lake and the Creative Forest Experience building as a unique rural, woodland and forest craft attraction where visitors will be inspired to take part and share skills from around the world.