READ Construction

Chester Zoo
Elephant House

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Project name: Chester Zoo, Elephant House

Location: Chester

Contract: JCT Standard

Value: £2,200,000

Duration: 46 weeks


Construction of the new ‘Elephants of the Asian Forest’ on and off show breeding facility completed over 2 phases to replace the existing outgrown elephant house.

CONSIDERATE – With a wealth of expertise in delivering projects within occupied enclosures / live environments, Read’s delivery team appreciate the need for sensitive construction practices to avoid undue stress to sensitive animals. This project was split into 2 phases to ensure the continuation of appropriate habitat areas for the elephants during the construction period.

EFFECTIVE LIAISON – Key to successful project delivery is effective liaison and communication with all stakeholders. By working with the zoo design team and the elephant keepers, Read addressed all issues to ensure smooth project delivery to programme, including management of the client’s appointed multi-lingual specialist theming contractors.

What was said ...
  • Steve O'Brien - Head of Estates Chester Zoo

    To consistently deliver in excess of twenty five significant bespoke ‘One-Off’ multi client projects at the Zoo over twelve years and keep all stakeholders totally happy is a significant challenge.  Read have always fulfilled or exceeded our expectation.  The ability to understand our internal operational issues, to work in a supporting, collaborative and totally trustworthy style has at all times delivered excellent results.

    We have worked over the years with many of Read’s head office and site delivery teams; at all times the customers’ needs have been fully understood and central to the project delivery.  Read’s appointment on future projects will provide assurance to the Estates team and internal clients of a project destined to be yet another pleasant experience and totally exceed our and our visitors’ expectations.

    Without reserve, we can recommend Read as an effective trustworthy company to do business with.

  • Anthony Izzard - Architectural Technician Chester Zoo

    Working within the Zoo environment presents many constraints, which cannot be resolved without fully understanding the complexity and needs of such a unique client; having worked with Read on a number of projects over many years, that understanding and commitment to deliver has always been fully appreciated.

    Read’s team working ethos and proactive approach is central to the success of projects and working with Read and their supply chain gives me confidence in delivering safe and well considered projects.  The experience gained with Read’s collaborative working has enhanced the ability of teams to deliver excellence.

    Completing excellent projects is always rewarding, facilitating as part of an excellent team is a significant benefit.

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