Mace completes restoration at ZSL London Zoo

By Catrin Jones03 August 2022

ZSL London Zoo unveils new Monkey Valley walkthrough (Photo: Ian West)

Mace has recently completed the restoration of Grade II* listed Snowdon Aviary with adjoining new-build colobus monkey house at ZSL London Zoo, UK.

The international consultancy and construction company was appointed as the project manager, cost consultant and Employer’s Agent for the zoo in 2016 - with additional support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

ZSL London Zoo’s structure is said to be originally conceived by the late 1st Earl of Snowdon in the 1960s and realised by architect Cedric Price with structural engineer Frank Newby.

The Snowdon Aviary was Britain’s first walkthrough aviary and was pioneering in its use of aluminium and tension for support. Mace says the walkthrough will pay tribute to the structure’s original creators while providing a naturalistic habitat for the colobus monkeys. 

Lynne Tyas, project director at Mace, said, “This is a fantastic achievement for the team working on this unique and complex project, who have brought together their expertise, working collaboratively with the client team to meet this significant project milestone. This key exhibit at ZSL London Zoo has been restored for the public to enjoy for decades to come.”

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