Local SME secures prestigious Islands Zoo project

Local SME secures prestigious Islands Zoo project

Recently voted as the UK’s best Animal Attraction in the 2014 Group Travel Awards, Chester Zoo are continuing their development and enhancement of the visitor experience with the appointment of Read Construction to the second phase of the Islands project – reported to be the biggest and most ambitious development in UK zoo history.

Read have a long and successful history of partnership with Chester Zoo – a relationship extending back over 10 years, having delivered over 20 projects including The Jaguar House, Butterfly House, Island In Danger, Tsavo Café and Elephant Enclosure. The most recent of which was the Jubilee Quarter around the main entrance, developed to commemorate the Queens Jubilee celebrations.

Alex Read, Business Improvement Manager stated “We are delighted to have secured this major project with the Zoo, which has already led to the creation of 1 full time position within the business. The award of a large scale, prestigious project to an SME of our size means safeguarded jobs and confidence”

John Prichard-Taylor, Commercial Manager added ”Having come a close second to a national contractor for the construction of the Indonesian show house, Read are delighted to have secured the Islands work package 2, to deliver the associated structures, bridges and look forward to a mutually successful project”.


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