Wild Place Project was announced the South West RICS Award winner in the Leisure Sector, for their development of the Bear Wood exhibit.
This is an exciting achievement for the new exhibit, which is the only one of its kind in the UK and is the latest addition to Wild Place Project – a 50-acre park near Bristol.
Bear Wood offers visitors a walk-through ancient woodland and is designed to inspire visitors to care for native habitats and wildlife. It takes visitors back in time when bears, wolves and wolverines would have lived in the UK.
The multi-million-pound project offers immersive floor-to-ceiling glass windows with a 180° panoramic viewpoint in the bear viewing den, and a 700m walkway rising to heights of 4m, giving spectators the opportunity to get the best views possible from a safe distance.
The raised timber walkway was constructed primarily by hand, due to difficulties of access to the hillside site.
Barton Willmore LLP appointed us to provide Energy Services for a multi-purpose classroom located in the woodland, this included the Design EPC, U-Value Calculations and BRUKL Report. Our sister company, Cook Brown Building Control provided Building Control services for the erection of the classroom and kiosk.
“Congratulations to everyone involved on this unique project and for being crowned the winner of a RICS Award. We were thrilled to work with Barton Willmore LLP on the classroom aspect of the project. With this building being constructed in the woodland environment it was important that it was built to be eco-friendly and sustainable in the natural environment. Winning the RICS Award is well deserved and a testament to Wild Place Project’s success so far.”
Bear Wood offers a unique experience to see European brown bears, European grey wolves, Eurasian lynxes and wolverines in their natural habitat, as they would have done in the UK 10,000 years ago.
Wild Place Project also gives visitors a glimpse into eco-systems from around the world, including Madagascar, Cameroon and the Congo, and includes animals such as giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, and lemurs.
Wild Place is owned and managed by the conservation and education charity Bristol Zoological Society.
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