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Planners give the OK to Cullinan and Arup treetop walkway

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Councillors have approved a treetop walkway designed by Cullinan Studio and Arup for a visitor attraction in Leicestershire

The winding 400m-long path at the 110ha Conkers site at the former Rawdon Colliery will include three treehouses.

Backed by the National Forest Charitable Trust, the aerial walkway is designed to enhance learning opportunities for school children.

The treehouses, dubbed ‘eyries’, will be covered viewing platforms as well as event and educational spaces, enclosed by a timber gridshell structure clad in timber shingles.

The walkway, which is up to 12m above ground, will be a galvanised steel structure, featuring guard rails of weathered steel fins and non-slip galvanised steel decking.

It will improve connectivity between two areas of the visitor attraction that are separated by a railway line. An earth rampart at one end of the walkway forms a lakeside amphitheatre for events.

Cullinan Studio's aerial walkway for Conkers in Leicestershire

Cullinan Studio’s aerial walkway for Conkers in Leicestershire

A number of widenings on the meandering route are designed to act as meeting and passing places, as well as offering resting points to take in the views.

Interpretation panels will inform visitors about the surrounding trees and site history.

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