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MSA's parrot sanctuary plans approved

Proposals for the largest aviary in the world have received planning permission as London-based practice Matthew Springett Associates (MSA) had its ambitious plans for the National Parrot Sanctuary in Lincolnshire approved

The scheme features ponds and small animal enclosures linked to an indoor education centre at the new 700m² Tropical House which will house the aviary’s Rainforest Experience attraction.

A triple polytunnel-like building with a three-arched roof made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and a timber clad ground floor are part of the MSA designs.

A tropical environment without the tropical heat will be the order of the day at the bird and primate house.

The house will be home to plants such as yuccas and palms that can cope with a slightly lower temperature. Humidity will be created by the water pools.

Visitors will be able to walk up the gentle 1:20 slope of the pathway, which rises slowly from the insects and reptiles of the jungle floor, into the home of the parrots and small primates, the canopy.

The cost of the Tropical House is estimated at about half a million pounds. The first part of the building work on the 2.7 ha scheme on the Lincolnshire Fens will begin in October and the completion date has been pencilled in as summer 2011. More than 30,000 people visit the sanctuary every year.

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