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14 Jul 2009
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24 Oct 2007

New £4.5m world class visitor attraction to house up to fifty chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo, designed by Cooper Cromar Architects:

Budongo Trail

Photographs: Alan McAteer

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The Budongo Trail, a new £6m world class visitor attraction to house up to fifty chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo is officially opened to the public in April 2008.

Designed by architects Cooper Cromar, and being billed as the new “jewel in the crown” for the zoo, this new 1400m2 facility consists of three pods, linked by bridges and tunnels which are also connected to an external enclosure.

Each pod has varying degrees of temperature, light and humidity that represent different aspects of the chimpanzees natural habitat.

The public are able to get close to the chimps as a public route weaves between pods whilst an interpretation space is used to explain the conservation programme that Edinburgh Zoo is sponsoring in Uganda and a flexible 200-seat auditorium provides AV footage of the project.

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David Windmill, chief executive of the RZSS, said: “We very much hope that the Budongo Trail will be at the forefront of primate research, particularly as we’ve tried to replicate as closely as possible the kind of conditions that chimpanzees are experiencing in Uganda.”

Edinburgh Zoo Architects : Cooper Cromar

Budongo Primate Experience – Project team:
Client – The Royal Zoological Society For Scotland
Interiors – MET Studio
Project & Cost Management – Turner & Townsend
Structural Engineer – Odin Engineering Ltd
M+E Engineer – RSP Consulting Engineers

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Edinburgh Zoo Primate enclosure by Cooper Cromar Architects complete, Apr 2008. £5.65m project for Royal Zoological Society of Scotland named after the Budongo forest in Uganda, one of the last surviving habitats of wild chimpanzees. The building can contain up to 40 chimpanzees and includes a 180-seat auditorium and a cognitive research laboratory

Budongo Primate Experience
Information from Cooper Cromar Architects Apr 2007:

Work has begun on a new £4.5m world class visitor attraction to house up to fifty chimpanzees at Edinburgh Zoo, designed by Cooper Cromar Architects.

The new 1400m2 facility will allow the public to get as close as possible to the chimps within a naturalistic environment and will provide three chimpanzees houses or ‘pods’ internally linked by bridges and tunnels as well as to an external enclosure. The public route will weave between these pods, with visual connections in each, as well as having an interpretation space which will describe and highlight the Budongo chimpanzee conservation program which the RZSS is sponsoring in Uganda.

A flexible 200 seat auditorium space will provide AV footage of the conservation project and is designed as such that at the end of the presentation the screen will open up to reveal Edinburgh Zoo’s chimpanzees. There will also be a retail offer and a small corporate facility. Back of house facilities will have restricted access to keepers and researchers (from St Andrews University), and will provide secure access to each pod, as well as 5 off show bedrooms, keeper’s office, store room and food preparation area.

Each of the three pods will have a different spatial configuration and lighting level, being primarily top lit. One pod will have provision for full three dimensional spatial exploration with the roof space having climbing bars.

Other companies involved in the project include Met Studios (Interiors), Ordin (Structures), RSP (Mechanical & Engineering), Turner Townsend (Costs/Project Manager) and The Royal Zoological Society For Scotland (Client).

The development is due to open in Winter 2007.

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Cooper Cromar Architects

Cooper Cromar is an award winning Architectural Practice with more than 100 members of staff. The Firm has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and provides Clients with a comprehensive architectural and property consultancy service in Scotland and throughout the UK. Services provided to Clients cover architecture, urban design, interior design, graphics, cad visualisation, masterplanning and construction management services.

This Scottish architecture practice has a strong track record on a wide range of commercial, retail, residential, government, education, urban renewal, industrial, leisure, interior design, masterplanning and spaceplanning commissions. Recent projects include Lancefield Quay, Aurora and Glasgow Fort.

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