Read Construction has successfully completed their part of Chester Zoo’s Islands development, their largest project for Chester Zoo to date, continuing their successful collaborative relationship spanning over a decade.
The opening of the new attraction will boost tourism in the local area, bringing an extra 150,000 visitors to the zoo and importantly, help put a huge spotlight on the biodiversity and threatened species of South East Asia.
Chester Zoo, which welcomes 1.4million visitors a year, has been planning the Islands development for 5 years, and opened the first phase in July 2015. As one of the main contractors on the project, Read have helped to transform what was once an unoccupied part of the zoo into far-flung islands, with buildings that architecturally replicate those found on the South East Asian islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba, Sulawesi and Sumatra.
Read Construction, a regional SME contractor has worked with the zoo team to ensure their commitment to sustainability was reflected throughout the project. Read are passionate about supporting the local supply and contributed environmental, economic and socially sustainable initiatives to ensure attainment of the national environmental standard, CEEQUAL. The project is estimated to bring a £3.3million increase in spend in the local and regional economy, with local businesses benefiting from the development.
John Prichard-Taylor, Read commercial Executive commented: “The Islands project came with numerous challenges, but by working with the zoo and their professional teams, we have contributed towards a project that is world class in terms of its design, quality and sustainable credentials. Read are proud to have helped deliver this project and look forward to continuing to support the zoo in the future.”
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