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Prior Park Dams Project

We have advised on the repair and renewal of the middle dam, masonry walls and associated culverts, cascade and walls, for the dam.

This has been a technically challenging project demanding close co-operation with the client, landscape architects, civil engineers, local authority and contractor.

Secret World, Education Building

Conversion of the existing Goat House building to provide a new education facility, and the construction of a new link and extension to house additional service facilities.

Gorilla House

Bristol Zoo’s gorilla family is growing so their den space has been doubled.  This has been converted from the 1872 giraffe house, and is equipped with timber climbing frames, an adaptable network of ropes and a splash pool.

Visitors are allowed to walk through the space in a new steel and glass hide, over which the gorillas can walk, making them predominant.  A new extension for the keepers overlooks the gorilla island.

Education Centre

The repair of a late 18c water mill and 19c barn at Hestercombe Gardens, and their conversion into an education centre.  Old equipment has been refitted in the mill, together with an exhibition of early energy production.  The barn has become a multi function education space.

The intention was to demonstrate how old buildings can be converted sensitively, and incorporate low energy modifications.  The roofs, walls and floors have been super insulated, and the complex is heated with a log batch burning boiler.