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Chessington Zoo

Chessington Zoo

At a glance

Speymill and Merlin Entertainment hired us to replace the existing Gorilla Closure at Chessington Zoo with a brand new African reserve called Wanyama Village.

  • 2006
  • Chessington Zoo
  • Client: Speymill Contractors and Merlin Entertainment
  • Redeveloped part of the Zoo
  • Created natural habitats for animals
  • Constructed underground viewing tunnel
  • Hard landscaping
  • Application of specialist soil
  • Completed in four months

services used

  • Controlled demolition

  • Foundations

  • Landscaping

  • Vegetation Control


Work was completed in four months

The Project In Detail

The project started with us demolishing the old gorilla enclosure to make way for the new attraction. We then formed a large feature pond to the centre of the area, paved walkways and formed the foundations for the new animal enclosures.

The work even stretched to constructing an underground viewing tunnel for the meerkat enclosure which would allow visitors to experience the enclosure first-hand through a clear viewing bubble that protruded from the ground.

Finally we hard landscaped the enclosure, which entailed the application of specialist soils to create natural habitats for the animals.


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