Read have been delivering projects in the world’s top zoos and wildlife attractions for over 20 years and ensure the highest welfare is maintained by effectively managing the complex and sensitive interface between visitors, attractions and exhibits.
From a large new elephant house to small butterfly enclosures, Read have delivered more than 25 individual projects in live environments with ZERO harm to animal welfare. On all public facing projects, Read manage the works to ensure the image of the client is represented in the quality, cleanliness and respectfulness of all staff and visitors to the construction site. With over 20 years’ experience, Read have a bespoke existing supply chain with an enviable track record of specialist works including theming, exotic landscaping and enclosure work packages.
Chester Zoo has worked with Read Construction for over 14 years as the client on a number of high value schemes. As Development Director, I have had a close association with them for the last 5 years. The 2012 Main Entrance project was a highly pressurised £2 million construction scheme requiring a large number of trades on site for a concentrated period to deliver a unique retail and admissions building and entrance plaza for the zoo, whilst the surrounding area remained fully open...
Simon Mann - Development Director - Chester Zoo 1/3Read full testimonial
We were made up with the opening on Wednesday, it went great, and I must say we did feel quite proud of the final outcome. Looks like it was worth all the weekends working in the cold/rain/snow etc. I hope the dogs appreciate what we did for them! To be honest, it's been one of my favourite projects to date. Thanks to yourself and your team for all the help along the way. As...
Chris Hayes - CLM Ltd2/3Read full testimonial
Considering what we have been up against work on site is going really well. Can't praise Steve enough for his pro-active approach and ability to 'adapt', really coming together now....
Anthony Izzard MBEng - Architectural Technician Chester Zoo3/3Read full testimonial
"Read collaborated very well with our team and other contractors, displaying a commendable sensitivity to our operational requirements, running the site efficiently. Their consistent, intelligent deployment of resources ensured minimal impact on our day-to-day business."
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 Read this »
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 Read this »
Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have opened Read's latest construction project; Chester Zoo’s £2m gateway to conservation, with the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Quarter. The new main Read this »