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P-p-pick up a penguin

Eagle-eyed planning-portal observers can rest assured that Wharmby Kozdon Architects’ application for alterations to a penguin enclosure at London Zoo will not replace Tecton’s iconic Grade I-listed structure

The Berthold Lubetkin and Ove Arup-designed 1934 ‘Penguin Pool’ has in fact been without the flightless birds since 2004, when the zookeepers moved them to a new habitat near the gift shop.

Tecton’s concrete spirals hurt the penguins’ joints, it is claimed. Wharmby Kozdon Architects, which designed the zoo’s new Komodo Dragon den, has planned a £380,000 ‘South-American themed’ extension to the penguin’s new home, which will include alterations to the gift shop and a new entrance to Regent’s Park. The expanded ‘exhibit’ will be home to three species of Antarctic penguin, the humboldt, macaroni and fairy.

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