Bristol Zoo

We sucessfully gained planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of the existing restaurant facilities and a 225sqm single storey extension to the existing building at Bristol Zoo.

Designed by our Architects, the building has been transformed into a beautiful and modern building, that makes references back to its art deco roots. During the build process, a 1930’s sign was revealed and incorporated into the design. Glazed white bricks and copper cladding were used to produce a sympathetic and high-quality finish, providing a contemporary take on the art deco style whilst a green roof further enriches the biodiversity at Bristol Zoo Gardens. The original tired and dated interior was refurbished by interior designers Wildfire and the project was collaboratively run by Levy Restaurants and Bristol Zoo.

The restaurant will have a dual use, being used by the public guests during the day and will be transformed into a Corporate Events space in the evening hours.

The proposal achieved planning consent in the Summer of 2016, started on site in October 2016 and was completed in Easter 2017. 

Project details

  • Located within a conservation area and the fifth oldest zoo in the world
  • A sensitive but bold design approach was vital
  • The construction programme was fast-tracked to coincide with the Zoo’s off peak season over the winter months, ensuring minimum disruption
  • The Hide’ restaurant is located in an extremely sensitive part of the zoo, including the nearby ‘Bug World’ (housing insects which are  susceptible to noise disruption) and being located on a primary thoroughfare for both the public and maintenance staff.