World’s first treehouse on a crane comes to Bristol

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After three long years of planning and design, glamping holiday specialists Canopy & Stars are finally able to welcome 200 lucky guests to their exclusive, one-of-a-kind treehouse on a crane. The utterly unique, beautifully conceived treehouse has been built around one of Bristol Harbourside’s iconic cargo cranes - a listed structure that has been lining the docks since the 1950s.

With some of the best views in Bristol, Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 promises a nature inspired sanctuary eight metres in the sky above the bustling city for those lucky enough to be allocated a stay during its exclusive 100-night opening.

Created and curated by Bristol-based Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, the experts on special holiday experiences in the great outdoors, Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 is part art installation, part architectural wonder. Thought to be the first of its kind, the low-impact, zero-carbon build has been completed with sustainable materials, brilliant solutions and planting advice from build partners, B&Q, to create this veritable hanging basket of a harbourside holiday home.

Tom Dixon, MD of Canopy & Stars says: “It’s taken three years of planning and design, only three weeks of building but we got there! What started as a dream has now become a reality and the door of Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 is now open! We hope people enjoy their stays in this amazing building and wake up to the great outdoors feeling they are truly part of this pocket of nature in the city – a real natural high!” 

The treehouse provides a multi-sensory experience of textures, colours, plants, smells and sounds that work together with the architecture and interior design to evoke a feeling of calm that can normally only be found in nature. Guests can breathe in woodland scents, earth, florals, bark, lavender and sage; fall asleep to the sounds of a gurgling stream and wake to birdsong. 

The materials used inside and out are inspired by the area’s industrial heritage, and along with the contribution of local artist Anthony Garrett, the treehouse celebrates Bristol’s history and culture.

No Canopy & Stars space would be complete without the green stuff, so the designers have made this a key feature. One wall is lined with shelves of living plants, and the roof is teeming with planters filled with pollinators to attract urban bees, birds and butterflies. All profits from Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 will go to Friends of the Earth, meaning that every stay at the treehouse will also contribute to protecting the natural world, climate and biodiversity.

Richard Sherwood, Customer & Marketing Director at B&Q said:“We love ambitious projects at B&Q and it’s our mission to show how any space – whether big, small or indeed inside a crane – can be made to feel homely. We pride ourselves on being the home of brilliant solutions, with ingenious products that provide smart solutions to the challenges of any space. This huge feat shows how B&Q expertise can help achieve sustainable and low impact living in a really creative way and we’re delighted to be welcoming the first guests.”

Being known for their excellence in providing one-of-a-kind glamping experiences all across the UK, Canopy & Stars' managing director Tom Dixon will be chairing the Glamping Panel at the Farm Business Innovation 2017 show this November.

Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 will grace Bristol’s skyline until the end of September 2017, before disappearing without a trace as the first leaves drop from the trees but there’s still a chance to register for the ballot at www.canopyandstars.co.uk/crane29 - Be quick though - the final ballot is only open until 3 July!