For the operators of luxury glamping parks the demand is always there for better, more comfortable (and more instagrammable) glamping options. The Conker might just be the next big thing.
Designed by Cheshire-based automotive engineer Jag Virdie, the Conker is his personal dream made real. Jag’s experience with Roll-Royce, Bentley and Lotus and, since he went freelance, with aerospace clients too, has taught him to design with the customer’s comfort and safety at the front of mind in every stroke of his pen – an approach known as ‘User-Centred Design.’
He says: “Aerospace and automotive engineers have learnt how to integrate engineering excellence into understanding what the customer wants and I’m bringing this same philosophy to construction. With that in mind, I also wanted to focus on what our planet really needs to.
“With our increased awareness of the depletion of natural resources, I applied the most state-of-the-art thinking to the design, to ensure absolutely minimal impact on any environment in which it is placed and in its ongoing operation.
“It can be erected in just one day and built to operate completely off the grid, via solar panels. It can also be hooked up to a mains electric grid, or be fitted with rechargeable batteries. We can even use mini HEP stations near running water and wind power, to cover all eventualities. This means it’s suitable for use in even very remote locations, where, because of its four minimal anchor points, it has almost zero impact upon the ground in which it is set. The spherical design allows for natural run-off when it rains and no, or very small, foundations ensures zero impact on natural drainage. For the occupiers, a heat-exchange pump ensures a comfortable maintained temperature and a constant flow of fresh air, which really aids sleep and optimises the body’s metabolism.
“The glamping Conker can be designed to offer a bedroom with room for a double bed; storage space for clothes, shoes, etc; a kitchen-ette; and even an en-suite with a loo and a shower. It’s perfect for glampers seeking the outdoor experience, without any niggling discomforts. We can even link multiple Conkers, to create extra bedrooms, bigger bathrooms or kitchens, a sitting room – really, the only limit is your imagination!
“It’s a solid year-round glamping solution that will extend the operating calendar for managed glamping parks that doesn’t cost the earth, either in economic or environmental terms.”
It doesn’t hurt that it looks absolutely stunning too. Oh my, imagine the Instagram posts flowing from the glamping site with these to offer! It’s a Millennial’s idea of paradise, ticking every box right across the style and substance spectrum, and has serious eco-credentials too.
And the cherry on top? Every element of this beautiful structure has been designed and made in the UK, before being assembled in Cheshire.