News: 11 March 2019Architects go beyond the bare necessities…

Our Architecture team have produced a special fly-through video giving a dramatic first glimpse of what the new Bear Wood exhibit at Wild Place Project will look like.

The 60-second video takes viewers on a journey along the 4-metre-high walkway that winds its way through ancient woodland and enables them to look directly down upon the bears, wolves, lynx and wolverine.

The computer-generated video then takes viewers down a ramp into the heart of the exhibit from where people will be able to stand in a special viewing den with 180-degree floor to ceiling windows placing them inches away from the bears.

Work on the new £5 million exhibit is forging ahead at Wild Place Project, with the raised wooden walkway already half way to completion. In the coming weeks workers will focus on the houses for bears and wolves as well as the bear viewing den.

Bear Wood will cover more than seven and a half acres, telling the story of Wild Place Project’s ancient woods and see European brown bears, wolves, lynx and wolverine live beneath their branches for the first time in hundreds of years. All of the buildings are being constructed to blend in with their surroundings.

Architectural Associate Tom Macklen said: “Barton Willmore is very proud to be part of, and work on, such a prestigious project at Wild Place Project.

“Not only will Bear Wood create a woodland habitat for bears, wolves, lynx and wolverine, but it will also provide an important educational resource for members of the public to learn about the history of our native wildlife and the conservation work of Bristol Zoological Society.”

He added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dribuild and Wild Place Project on something both challenging and unique, which we hope the public will enjoy for years to come.”

You can find out more on the project here and visit the Wild Place Project website here.

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