London Zoo

Project by Brand Consulting Engineers

Project Description

Brand Leonard have been retained by the Zoological Society of London for various projects of London and Whipsnade Zoos. The design of the new lions enclosure at Whipsnade is complete and work is shortly to commence on the prestigious and exciting proposals for the new African Rainforest building at London Zoo. The lions enclosures include night quarters, day shelters and a public viewing shelter. The structures are typically steel frames and structural glazing is used and designed for impact from lions. 


Major African Lion exhibit with Proctor & Matthews Architects, including earth works, drainage & fencing together with night quarters for the lions (including cages and slides) and a covered visitors viewing area with full height glass, designed to withstand a charging lion.


Squirrel Monkey exhibit with P & M Architects. Advising on foundations, cage and fence design and drainage.

Aquarium and Mapin Heights – carried out structural report and advised on temporary support details to enable ZSL to allow the exhibit to remain open.

Current major refurbishment of the Clore Building involving the formation of a two storey Biome with PTEF cushion roof and inclusion of a lift.

Gorilla Kingdom with Proctor & Matthews Architects involving earth works, forming a 2.0m x 5.0m wide moat, day gym, night quarters and viewing for visitors.  The use of structural bamboo to support the roof to the board walk together with the design of glass against Gorillas was a particular challenging part of the project.

Visitor viewing platform to enable the visitors to be at eye level with the giraffes, timber structure twice spanning over a moat.  

Tropical bird house – refurbishment and extension to existing aviary to include internal water feature and also to house humming birds.