The eco pod designed to help the world live round launches in Cheshire
FROM hemp walls to bamboo floors and a booklet telling you all about the scottish tree that was used to build your pod, Rotunda is doing exactly what it says on the label: eco.
Rotunda Living Ltd held it's launch party on their show-site on the A556 at Bucklow Hill in Knutsford last month to celebrate the opening of their 'POD', a prefabricated 'Roundhouse' (the modern equivalent to a conservatory or house extension).
Bursting with character, the Rotunda has the natural charm of a house-boat or a swedish log cabin – the only difference being its shape- round! It could be said that it is one of the most unusual garden eco-buildings available in the UK.
Gemma Roe, the Managing Director of Rotunda, was recently seen on Dragons Den in September with Aidan Quinn (promoting their O-Pod, circular garden room), and received an offer of £75,000.00 from Theo Paphitis.
After screening, Gemma received an independent offer of investment from local Business man Barry Bladon of Aqua Air Ltd at Bucklow hill and has subsequently designed a brand new luxury range of circular Eco-Garden Buildings; one of which has been a great source of interest to motorists commuting along the A556 since construction began back in June!
Gemma Roe, who has been designing buildings for six years said: "Companies say they are 'eco' and have the green leaves stamped all over them, but they're using nasty insulation in the walls that aren't in any way eco, and their wood is shipped across from China. But when you call them to argue it out with them, they say 'this is an energy saving building' so that gives them the right to claim to be eco friendly.
"Nobody can build me a house that is as sustainable as I want it to be so I may as well build it myself. You would think that it must be difficult to be completely eco, that there are bound to be problems but actually there haven't been that many problems, you can always find your way around, you can always find an alternative."
The show-pod is now available for public viewing, and the range of small circular micro-buildings are currently being promoted by the Fun Shui Organisation, led by the Congleton based celebrity millionaire Dr Dawn Gibbins; her national team of Feng Shui practitioners and Healthy Homes consultants are hailing 'Rotunda eco-pods' as ideal spaces for yoga, meditation, guest-bedrooms, garden offices and creative spaces. Currently, Rotunda Living Ltd is the only manufacturer of Circular eco-buildings in the UK.
Naturally, with such a fairytale start to an unusual new business set-up in a gloomy recession; Rotunda Living is an example of an exciting start-up which faces the recession head-on and takes a step forward in the bleak construction industry to provide beautiful, healthy and functional buildings which may benefit many residents in the North West who might be looking for a quirky alternative to a conservatory or home extension.
Rotunda Living Ltd is now looking forward to a thriving eco-business which exists to support British woodlands, provide a new and exciting environment for home-owners, schools and holiday parks and provide a new perspective on how an eco-building can (and should) make you feel!
Photos are attached of the 4m demonstration pod.... anyone is welcome to pop in if you find yourself on the A556 at Bucklow Hill. You can also visit their website. Gemma can be contacted directly on (07792) 791938.