Concept Design Unveiled for Wild Place Project Centre of Excellence

25th April 2016
Concept Design Unveiled for Wild Place Project Centre of Excellence

We are very pleased to have worked with Bristol Zoological Society for the design of their European Centre of Excellence for Zoological Medicine, which will be constructed at Wild Place Project, in north Bristol.

Proposals for the Centre were unveiled earlier this month during a visit from His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex.

bristol zoo vets centre
bristol zoo vets centre

The Centre will provide a world-class zoological medicine teaching facility, as well as a commercial vet centre and will house a large interactive exhibition space and classrooms for members of the public –  all under one roof.

The centre has been designed to ensure all three functions can operate simultaneously, offering the public a unique opportunity to watch live veterinary procedures during their visit.

bristol zoo vets centre
bristol zoo vets centre

Sustainability and fitting into the natural context were important elements of the Centre’s design brief.

The building’s design has taken its inspiration from its landscape setting and the animals themselves, with a rib-like curving timber internal structure, a skin of overlapping photovoltaic panels and a large planted roof wrapping over the whole building.

bristol zoo vets centre

The building is a key part of the Zoo’s exciting future visions for Wild Place Project.

Bristol Zoological Society is aiming to submit a planning application for the European Centre of Excellence for Zoological Medicine (CEZM) building later this year.

For more information on the people behind the designs, please see our Sustainability team, and also our Project Management team who provided costings and Principal Design support.