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SHH polishes off revamp of London Zoo café

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Hammersmith-based SHH has completed the £4.6 million transformation of London Zoo’s main restaurant.

The practice has enlarged the footprint of the now renamed Terrace Restaurant by almost 1,000m² allowing the number of covers to increase from 240 to 700. The scheme included the demolition of a 50-year-old extension to the original 1920s building.

The project includes a new tiered extension to the front of the old block - a 6m-high, double-height space - with new stairs leading up to an expanded mezzanine level.

SHH has also built a small extension to the rear of the Regent’s Park building for food storage space.


The architect’s view - SHH associate director and project leader Brendan Heath

‘The existing restaurant was updated in order to meet the growing needs of the zoo visitors. As visitor demands increased at the London attraction, the restaurant became in need of increased food storage space, modernised equipment and to work as a venue space for special events at the zoo, all the while incorporating the architectural quality of the original John James Joass building.

‘Above all, catering offers in the attractions marketplace had moved on and the zoo needed both to catch up and to get ahead of the competition, by creating a highly-functional, but also high impact space, which would add real quality to the visitor experience and be able to cope with the huge volume of people coming through the zoo - up to 10,000 per day.’


Project data

Architects: SHH
Location: London Zoo
Type Of Project: Commercial
Structural Engineers: eHRW - Engineers Haskins Robinson Waters
Project Architectural Technologist: Alasdair Galloway
Design Team: SHH  –  Architect / Interior Designer / Contract Administrator; HRW  -  Structural Engineer; ME7  -  Mechanical and Electrical Consultant; WT Partnership  -  Quantity Surveyor and CDM Coordinator; Design Front  -  Kitchen Equipment and Counter Designers; James Aldridge Design  -  Soft Landscape Designer; Acoustics Plus  -  Acoustic Consultant; ACS Consulting  -  Arboricultural Consultant
Client: Zoological Society of London
Tender date: End of October 2012 – 4 week Tender period
Start on site date: 17 December 2012
Contract duration: 29.5 Week programme
Gross internal floor area: 2,190m² (Front and back of house areas)
Form of contract and/or procurement: Contract – JCT / Traditional Procurement
Total cost: £4.6 Million         
M&e consultant:
Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership
CDM Coordinator: WT Partnership
Lighting Consultant: N/A  Lighting Designer – SHH Architects
Main contractor: Buxton Building Contractors Limited
Selected subcontractors and suppliers:
GCSI Limited – Mechanical; Maybourne and Russell – Electrical
Some of the Suppliers: Tech Alum System Ltd – Curtain Walling; Parklex – Rainscreen Cladding; Solus Ceramics – Tiling; MID Lighting / Artemide – Lighting; Troldtekt – Ceilings; Douglas Delabie Ltd / Spectrum Cubicles – Toilets; The Deck Tile Company Ltd – Terrace floor tiles
Annual co2 emissions: Net annual CO2 emission of 185,177 kgCO2 /year, 7% reduction on previous levels even with the increase in area and capacity.

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