Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Bristol Zoo Gardens Master Plan

Client: Zoo Gardens

Location: Bristol

Bristol Zoo Gardens was founded in 1835 by a group of eminent local citizens and opened to the public in 1836. It is the fifth oldest Zoo in the world, and the oldest one that is not in a capital city.As part of the 1990s £5 million redevelopment programme of the Bristol Zoo Gardens, we were appointed as Design Coordinators for the preparation of a Masterplan and Landscape Strategy.

Working closely with the zoo staff and design team members, we produced a strategy for the redevelopment work, and acted as Project Coordinators and Landscape Design Consultants on the £1.75m central area redevelopment.

The development strategy:

• Analyses the existing landscape context and visitor experience
• Identifies opportunities to enhance overall landscape quality and visitor perception of the zoo
• Presents strategies for site development and a philosophy for the future

A number of major new projects were completed to revolutionise the way in which the zoo's educational, conservation and research work, the animals and their habitats, and the recreational components are presented to the public. These included an Elephant house, gorilla island, children’s play area and flamingo pool. We were involved at all stages from detail design to site supervision and contract administration.