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The Skypod’s the limit for Bluefish

May 08, 2009

BlueFish Regeneration Delivers Skypod Feasibility Study for North York Moors National Park


The Skypod's the limit for BlueFish

York-based rural and coastal regeneration consultancy BlueFish Regeneration has been appointed by the North York Moors National Park Authority to provide its expertise for a ground-breaking tourism project.

BlueFish Regeneration has just completed a feasibility report into setting up wooden Skypods which, if implemented, will give walkers affordable semi-permanent shelter and accommodation.

Based on a scheme in the Netherlands, the Skypods would be available at regular stops along the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds National Trail. If successful, they could be replicated in rural areas across the UK, as a comfortable alternative to sleeping under canvas for tired walkers.

BlueFish Regeneration delivers projects across the UK for local authorities and public bodies to shape the future of rural and coastal communities through sustainable renewal.

Headed by founder and managing director Imelda Havers - the former chief executive of York and North Yorkshire inward investment board - the team of architects and specialists in economic regeneration, property and tourism have compiled a study on the Skypods.

The report features key factors including potential designs, environmental sustainability, as well as wider business and tourism opportunities.

The MD commented: "Having extensively researched the Dutch model, it is clear this scheme would significantly benefit the local economy.

"Our report has looked at what camping facilities and land is currently available along the two walks to discover whether there is both the demand and the space to implement the Skypods programme. We also looked at providing additional services such as sherpas to transport ramblers' bags between the huts, as well as equipment and the availability of locally sourced food."

Malcolm Hodgson, national trails officer at North York Moors National Park added: "This project would be a major coup for the park - attracting new visitors and additional investment at a time when those in rural communities are particularly feeling the pinch."

Since its formation in 2005, BlueFish has worked with private, public and voluntary sectors on a wide range of environmentally and economically sustainable projects. The company has also forged a solid network of trusted associates who share its passion for, and commitment to, ensuring every regeneration project succeeds in giving a community a brighter, better future.




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