Sustainable visitor centre for UK’s largest Zoo.
Fordingbridge designed and built a striking visitor centre for Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
The building design focuses on creating a light, open and permeable space, creating transparency to the Zoo beyond; increasing the excitement and providing seamless entry for the Zoo’s visitors.
Sustainability has been an important design parameter in the development of the new visitor centre. The glulaminated timber frame is sustainably sourced FSC accredited Norwegian Spruce grade GL24 and nestles perfectly into its natural context.
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“We can’t wait for first-time visitors and regular members to experience the stunning new visitor centre. The building has been designed to be ultra-sustainable, gaining an A-rating for energy efficiency and becoming a hub for its own recycling projects such as turning used plastic drinks bottles into new benches for the Zoo. Whether it’s finding a beautiful gift for a loved one or just enjoying a delicious coffee before the drive home, I think the visitor centre will bookend a day at the Zoo in a lovely way and make the experience absolutely first rate.” – Owen Craft, General Manager, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo