Leisure and hospitality
Product / system supply
North West England
Crown House Technologies (part of Laing O’Rourke)
Chester Zoo is one of the world’s leading zoos with around 1.6 million visitors every year, set in 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens.
The zoo has invested in new attractions to showcase animals while maintaining its reputation for conserving the living world. The latest attraction, which took 2 years to build, is 'Islands at Chester Zoo'. This £40 million, 60,000 square metre development aims to recreate the South East Asian islands of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumba, Sumatra and Sulawesi.
The project's M&E contractor, Crown House Technologies, specified a wide range of pumps from pump manufacturer Wilo. In excess of £80,000 of pumps of various sizes have been installed to perform a range of roles to keep the new development running smoothly, providing a true South East Asian experience.
High efficiency pumps, cold water pressure booster sets and system pressurisation units have been utilised throughout the development to help keep animals warm and experiencing the levels of humidity that they would experience in their natural surroundings on the other side of the world.
Humidifying air misting equipment is powered by Wilo pressure booster sets.
“It’s a privilege to have been involved in such a wonderful project,” says Wilo’s National Key Account Manager Peter Anthony.
“We’ve worked closely on a number of successful projects with Crown House so it was good to be able to work alongside them again on a project of this importance. It’s a great example of just how important pumps are to every construction project – out of sight in plant rooms hidden across the project but providing the constant flow of water that the project requires to be successful.”