Striking glulaminated timber structure for ZSL.

Whipsnade’s striking timber structure is the new home to a diverse range of butterflies and a contrasting animal counterpart, crocodiles!

Utilising our signature curved timber aesthetic, the structure consists of nine 16m long glulaminated timber arches, designed by the architect to echo the shape of a butterflies’ wing.

To create the right internal environment, the building is clad using a twin-skin polythene technology in a similar manner to ETFE. This acts as an insulation layer whilst also being a translucent material, creating a visual connection between the interior and the outside park.

The project is an example of advanced timber design and manufacturing due to the tight radius of the curve and also demonstrating a metal flitch plate connection.

“When ZSL Whipsnade Zoo was looking to replace its main entrance we found that Fordingbridge Plc. had the right product for us. Their modern energy efficient building designs were just what we were looking for in terms of appearance, visitor appeal and functionality. The working relationship with Fordingbridge was more a partnership than client-contractor which led to fantastic final collaborative design. The building has fulfilled all our objectives and we have very happy staff and visitors alike.”

“The working approach that Fordingbridge have and the versatility of their buildings will certainly make us consider them for future developments at Whipsnade.” – Robin Fitzgerald, Deputy Head of Facilities Management, ZSL London Zoo

Style: Bespoke Butterfly design

Frame: Structural glulaminated timber

Colour: Stained light oak. Our timber structures are available in a variety of colours.

Roof: Polythene

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Whipsnade Zoo Butterfly and Crocodile Exhibit entrance Fordingbridge
Fordingbridge Butterfly House ZSL Whipsnade
Fordingbridge Butterfly House ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Fordingbridge Butterfly House ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Fordingbridge Butterfly House ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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