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In order to get the right conditions for the orangutans the zoo worked with Dr Susannah Thorpe from the University of Birmingham. Orangutans use over 50 types of movement to get between the trees, so it was important to provide as many different types of climbing options in the enclosure as possible to stimulate their natural behaviours. Alongside the various outdoor exhibits, last year also saw the opening of Monsoon Forest, the biggest indoor exhibit ever of any zoo in the UK. This feature showcases further species that can be found across South East Asia, including the Sulawesi crested macaque, rhinoceros hornbill, Asian forest tortoise, the bizarre-looking tentacled snake – a species which cannot be seen anywhere else in the UK – and a pair of Sunda gharial crocodiles. The new exhibit features its own tropical weather system, with temperatures reaching 80°F, and houses some of the world’s most impressive and unique plant species. Richard Hewitt, horticulturist team manager, commented: “Turning Monsoon Forest green is a project that required a huge amount of planning

Specialist electrics provide the perfect environment

place for Islands. We discussed key specifics of the tiger enclosure and provided them with a very large brief – how big it should be, how many enclosures we required, what indoor housing we needed – then we had to work out the relationship between these spaces and how they needed to link together. We went through every tiny detail.”

[A MAJOR ELEMENT of projects like Islands is the range of services

that enable the visitor experience to be enjoyed and the safety of both visitors and animals to be ensured. In the case of Phase One of the project, a number of general, themed and emergency lighting, small power, distribution, fire alarm, data communications and site-wide services were undertaken by System Electrical Ltd, for main contractor Read Construction Holdings Ltd. The various services were installed in a variety of visitor facilities, including the shop, education centre, boat station and toilets. They also equipped a number of animal enclosures, including those for the anoa, babirusa, banteng, cassowary, Bali starling and the tiger breeding centre. The company subsequently undertook the specialist electrical fit-out works on the Monsoon Forest building, working directly for the North of England Zoological Society. In addition to lighting, data/telecoms, hevac systems and building management controls, the contract included the installation of underfloor heating and overhead basking lamps to assist in providing the perfect climatic conditions for the new residents. The company’s managing director Stephen Parry-Jones said: “Right from the onset at tendering stage, it was clear that Islands would be an exciting and unique project, due to both its scale and complexity. The undertaking of this project, which required compliance with the current regulations whilst ensuring it is fit for its purpose and integrated with the theme set by Chester Zoo, has produced challenges to both office staff and electricians alike.” The challenging construction programme required significant labour resources, including flexible and out-of-hours working, to complete the project within agreed time frames. Sourcing, ordering and arranging delivery of materials for a project of this nature demanded precise logistics to ensure continuation of the installation process. Materials were sourced and imported from as far away as Bali and the USA. Said Richard: “The office staff, supervisors, co-ordinators and electricians have worked as a close, well communicated team alongside Read Construction and Chester Zoo staff and with the backing of suppliers and specialist contractors to deliver this complex project.” q

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