Director of Transformation Francesca Fryer talks with consultation guests

Public Consultation Events – Thursday 9 September & Thursday 23 September

Consultation meetings

Thursday 9 September & Thursday 23 September, 3.00pm – 7.30pm,

Conservation Education Centre, Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoological Society would like to invite those unable to attend our initial public consultation meeting on 19 August to one of two additional dates in September. These drop-in meetings meetings will take place at Bristol Zoo Gardens on 9 and 23 September, both from 3.00pm to 7.30pm. As before, guests will be free to arrive at any time throughout.

These are repeat events at which we will share the same information as at the consultation event held on 19 August, and will be gathering people’s initial thoughts. The events will be held in Bristol Zoo Garden’s Conservation Education Centre, with street-level access from Guthrie Road.

The meetings will be a chance for guests to talk with Zoo colleagues, as well as architects from Penoyre and Prasad (P&P) who are leading the award-winning design team that have been appointed to lead the redevelopment scheme.

The events will be managed in accordance with COVID guidelines, with guest numbers inside the meeting space limited and guests asked to wear face coverings whilst inside (unless exempt). Please be aware that this may mean that at busy times guests are asked to wait outside on Guthrie Road for a short period.

The sale of the Bristol Zoo Gardens site, with planning permission for a residential-led scheme that is sympathetic to the beautiful landscaped gardens, will safeguard the future of Bristol Zoological Society, and contribute significantly to the housing, climate and ecological emergencies that we currently face.

We recognise that Bristol Zoo Gardens has a special place in the hearts of many people, and we are genuinely keen to hear more from the community on our plans.

What can guests expect from these consultation events?

These initial consultations have been arranged so that guests can meet with members of staff and the design team and share their ideas around the site’s future as an ecologically-focused residential development.

Our intent is for Bristol Zoo Gardens to become a remarkable place for a variety of people to live, for nature to thrive, and for Bristolians to continue to enjoy. It will be an exemplar residential community providing good-quality, eco-friendly, low-carbon homes, largely in areas where there are already built structures on the site and with the green landscape at the heart of the site protected and enhanced to encourage greater biodiversity.

Included in our plans is the Clifton Conservation Hub which will provide space for Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, exhibitions, meetings and conservation work, and the community, as well as a café, based from our iconic entrance building.

It is important to note, however, that at this stage no designs for the site have yet been developed. Architects Penoyre and Prasad and Bristol Zoological Society are developing an in-depth understanding of the site, and consulting with a wide range of different stakeholders, including local residents, in order to develop the best possible plan for the site’s future.

At these consultation events we will provide several large picture boards and you will be invited to discuss and contribute your thoughts and ideas and complete a questionnaire.

For guests who are unable to attend an in-person event we have uploaded all of the information shared with attendees at this stage of the consultation, including images of the boards, to our website at future.bristolzoo.org.uk You can find the information shared at the in-person events by clicking here.

We have also provided an online version of the questionnaire for those unable to attend. To add your thoughts to the ongoing conversation please click here for the online questionnaire.

Later in the year, further consultation events will be held at which we will share more detailed information on the evolving scheme.

We hope to welcome you to one of these consultation meetings.

Yours faithfully

Francesca Fryer
Director of Transformation
Bristol Zoological Society

Location of Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo Gardens with entrance on Guthrie Road
Location of Conservation Education Centre at Bristol Zoo Gardens with entrance on Guthrie Road