The Blue Derby Pods



The Blue Derby Pods


Within a temperate Tasmanian blackwood forest, alongside relics of a bygone mining industry, sits the Blue Derby Pods Ride (BDPR). The development is a node in the emerging Tasmanian adventure tourism market, offering a guided mountain bike experience and completely off-grid boutique accommodation. The BDPR is tapping into the mountain biking movement, which has swept across Australia. World-class mountain bike trails have been constructed in Derby and, through an explosive spike in visitor numbers, this has contributed to a process of renewal for the local community’s economy and infrastructure.

The BDPR hub building provides adventurers with a space to relax and rejuvenate, incorporating communal amenities for dining, staff accommodation and bike storage. The pods offer a sleeping space, wrapping the user in a protective shell for an immersive wilderness experience.



Philp Lighton Architects

Practice Team

Project architect – Thomas Floyd

Design architect – Anthony Dalgleish

Design architect – Andrew Floyd


Principal builder – Adam Anstie 

Builder – Anstie Construction 

Joinery – A2 Kitchens & Joinery

Engineer – RARE Innovations

Services consultant – Engineering Solutions Tasmania

Hydraulic consultant – Prime Plumbing & Gas

Bushfire practitioner – Ross Murphy

Electrical consultant – Mo Electrical

Hydronic heating practice team – Prime Plumbing & Gas

Photographer – Simon Bischoff, Natalie Mendham & Adam Gibson

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