Site: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Road, Atherstone
Contractor: B&K Building Services
Sub-contractor: Robinson Structures
Client: Twycross Zoo
Work on a brand new chimpanzee habitat has begun at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. The Zoo’s iconic species will move into a large immersive environment that encourages natural behaviours, at the same time as offering visitors a more engaging way of watching and learning about the chimpanzees.
Construction of the £2.6million facility commenced in March and FP McCann is playing a key role in both the supply of precast concrete walling products and has also secured a supply and installation contract, working on behalf of main contractor B&K Building Services.
The first phase of the contract involves the construction of a new three-storey steel-framed building which is being erected by Robinson Structures. The complex steel frame structure is being fitted with 133 different sized horizontal precast panels all 160mm thick and covering approximately 820m². FP McCann’s Lydney depot supplied the precast concrete horizontal wall panel system in June.
Commenting on the scheme to date, Liam Chapman Project Manager for B&K says, “Robinson Structures and FP McCann have worked closely to ensure the habitat housing has been constructed both safely and efficiently. Just-in-time deliveries of the precast horizontal panels from Lydney has meant minimal stocking on the relatively small site.”
Once complete, work will commence in August on the perimeter security wall to the compound. FP McCann’s specialist walling fixing team will be installing prestressed vertical cantilever panels covering over 1000m². FP McCann was first contacted in December 2015 to help Midlands based Couch Consulting Engineers during the initial development designs for the new chimpanzee habitat.
Twycross Zoo is an award-winning conservation charity and visitor attraction that welcomes around 500,000 people a year to its 80-acre site in Leicestershire. It funds and conducts scientific research, and has an award-winning education and outreach programme.
For more information, call 0844 474 1777, or visit www.twycrosszoo.org