Marwell Zoo ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House Project

A Unique Turnkey Project –

The Energy for Life building at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire proved to be an excellent opportunity for the team at Nautilus to showcase their multiple talents on one stunning project.

We started on the design work for the project back in June 2016 and spent many hours creating stunning design visuals. It was first modelled in CGI and then converted into virtual reality format. The clients were amazed by the clarity of the design work, which really gives an accurate sense of perspective. It’s amazing now to look at the screen shots of our design and compare them with what has actually been built. It really underpins the benefits of this approach to design and is now something we provide on a regular basis.

A key exhibit in the new tropical house is the large aquarium. Holding 70,000 litres of water, the display will be home to a number of fish species and turtles, while a group of small monkeys will reside on an island in the middle. In addition, there is a large display which will be home to monitor lizards, two sloth displays and a forest floor display with a number of small ground-dwelling species, including mouse deer. The huge variety of mature tropical plants gives the feel of a dense rainforest, complemented by many species of free-flying birds.

In addition to our displays on the visitor side of the attraction, there have been a variety of works in the back-of-house areas, including the fabrication of temporary holding and roosting areas and the design and installation of life support systems for the aquarium, the monitor lizard tank, the flooded forest display and a large waterfall in the sloth exhibit.

The variety of services on site included all the theming works – totalling in excess of 1,000m2 of various styles of rockwork and mud banks – and the design and installation of large glazing panels for the aquarium and flooded forest display. That was in addition to the construction of all the containment mesh and access gates for animal enclosures and the construction of back-of-house stainless-steel gage work for temporary holding.