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Tuesday22 July 2014

Jerry Tate unveils plans for Eden Project treehouse

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Part of the new Rainforest Canopy Walkway

Jerry Tate Architects has unveiled plans for a high level walkway and treehouse, called ‘The Biodiversity Nest’, as part of the new Rainforest Canopy Walkway at The Eden Project.

The Biodiversity Nest sits in the middle of the rainforest canopy connected to two 16 metre bridges in the Humid Tropics Biome.

A timber enclosure, developed with Blue Forest, a company that specialises in luxury tree houses, provides an education space and shelter

Jerry Tate said: “The Biodiversity Nest is an interesting technical challenge as we have to provide a spectacular education space which is comfortable for visitors in the rainforest environment, with a limited choice of materials that can cope with the aggressive environment.

“As well as a galvanised steel superstructure we have been experimenting with heat treated softwoods, as a substitute for robust but unsustainable tropical hardwoods, to form the timber enclosure and deck.”

The walkway will be constructed in phases over the next three years.

The Eden Project is currently working to raise funds for the Biodiversity Nest.

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