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New Bristol Zoo design team

A team of architects, designers, engineers and environmental experts have been chosen to bring our plans to life.

Design team


Bristol Zoological Society has announced an award-winning team of architects, designers, engineers and environmental experts chosen to bring the plans to life.

Pioneering landscape architects, Grant Associates, have been appointed as lead designers and landscape architects for the new Bristol Zoo. Through their work, the Bath-based team aims to reconnect people with nature in insightful and distinctive ways while addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction. 

Grant Associates have previously worked on the world-famous Gardens by the Bay in Singapore as well as Bristol Harbourside and the YTL Brabazon project in Filton, Bristol.

The Society has also appointed award-winning architects and urban design practice, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS).

FCBS has an international reputation for design quality, for pioneering environmental expertise and a progressive architectural approach. The work of FCBS has frequently been recognised in major industry awards, including winning 55 awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

Previous work includes the Bath Abbey Footprint Project, the University of Roehampton Library and a number of projects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Bristol Zoological Society has previously worked with both Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on the development of a new conservation research centre in Madagascar, where conservationists from the Society work to protect threatened lemurs and their habitats in the wild. 

Momentum structural and civil engineers have also been appointed, having previously worked on the award-winning multi-million pound redevelopment of Bristol Old Vic and the temporary installation of a performance space in the ruins of the 12th century Temple Church in Bristol’s Temple Gardens. 

E3 Consulting Engineers will also join the team, having been selected for their award winning, low-energy engineering designs, which minimise buildings’ impacts on the environment. Their previous work includes the welcome centre at Westonbirt Arboretum, Bath Thermae Spa, Bordeaux Quay, Theatre Royal, Bath, and Bicester Eco Business Centre.

Avison Young have been appointed as town planning advisors and will lead the proposals through the planning process. Avison Young has been involved in many of the region’s most significant planning proposals over recent years, such as for the YTL Arena Bristol and the Wave – UK’s first inland surf destination.

Specialists have also been appointed to provide additional expertise including arboriculturists, Wotton Tree Consultancy; ecology consultant Clarkson and Woods; and transport and sustainability infrastructure consultant, Hydrock.

The opportunity we have ahead of us, of a new Bristol Zoo, offers the chance to create something truly spectacular at our Wild Place Project site.

In addition to our existing exhibits, such as the hugely popular Bear Wood, Discover Madagascar and Bénoué National Park, we will create immersive new exhibits which will link visitors to our conservation projects around the world, develop new veterinary and education facilities and provide the tools for visitors to become conservationists themselves.

We look forward to the exciting collaboration process both with our award-winning, multi-disciplinary team of designers, the Society’s in-house experts and the wider Bristol community to create a visitor attraction that will be a beacon of conservation and environmental sustainability, demonstrating and promoting how together we can save wildlife in the way we live our lives.

– Francesca Fryer, Director of Transformation at Bristol Zoological Society

The appointments follow the announcement last year that Bristol Zoological Society, which owns and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, intends to sell the Bristol Zoo Gardens site to safeguard the future of Bristol Zoological Society and relocate Bristol Zoo to the Wild Place Project site to create a new world-class Bristol Zoo. 

Grant Associates link
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios link
Momentum link
e3 Consulting Engineers link
Avison Young link
Wotton Tree Consultancy link
Clarkson and Woods link
Hydrock link

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