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Chester Zoo’s expansion plans

UK attraction could triple in size

Chester Zoo in England could triple in size if a proposed expansion is given the go-ahead. Plans drawn up by Leisure Concepts of Warwickshire include a number of new world-class animal environments and visitors experiences that would take the zoo’s total developed area to around  140-hectares.

Proposed are four distinct habitats based on various geographical regions of the world and a significant number of covered visitor spaces to allow a year-round experience. Additionally, water rides could be integrated to allow guests to become more immersed in the animal environments. A hotel also features in the plans.

“We are delighted with the concept proposed by Leisure Concepts,” says Chester Zoo head of estates, Steve O’Brien. “It could create Europe’s finest ‘must-see’ wildlife attraction and allow Chester Zoo to build on its worldwide conservation mission.”

Located in the North West of England, Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s leading animal attractions, attracting over 1 million visitors a year. The expansion concept document was initiated to raise development funding, which has now been secured to take the scheme through to detailed design and planning. The design allows for a phased development to keep the existing zoo as a going concern throughout the proposed expansion with minimal disruption animals and visitors.

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