Sikkens Coatings Treehouse Challenge
Treehouse Challenge: Sikkens Coatings have been used in the creation of a development of luxury Treehouses at the prestigious Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire.
The twelve treehouse suites, built to offer guests ‘ an experience in luxury and elegance ‘, are located in a wooded valley several hundred metres from the main hotel.
To ensure the treehouse suites were in keeping with the hotel’s picturesque surroundings, Chewton Glen required a woodcare solution which would not only provide a quality finish, but also enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Ultimately, they chose Sikkens Coatings. With sustainability in mind, the developers also required a durable solution which would have minimal impact on the environment.
Planning, design and environment consultancy, Terence O’Rourke, was brought in to design and implement the project. Terry Williams, Technical Director at Terence O’Rourke, says: “From the initial planning stages, our aim was to create a unique, prestigious accommodation complex, which would have as little effect as possible on the environment, both in terms of the physical surroundings and long term sustainability. When it came to selecting the woodcare products, Sikkens fitted the bill perfectly, as the coatings enabled us to meet our design and functionality requirements, as well as achieve a quality finish, without compromising on the sustainability credentials of the project.”
The external ‘wrap’ of the treehouses was carefully designed to reflect the bark of the surrounding trees. To enhance this, Sikkens Cetol Novatech, a translucent woodstain with a semi-gloss finish, designed to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, was specified for the cladding. A highly durable product, it also offered long lasting protection to keep the lodges looking pristine for longer.
For the canopy edges and link bridges, Sikkens Coatings Cetol BL Opaque was selected to complement the marine grade plywood used in the development. The water borne product offered a sustainable solution in comparison with traditional opaques, and also provided added durability due to its flexible and vapour-permeable formulation.