Project Description

Dudley Zoological Gardens Tecton Refurbishment

Client: Dudley Zoo

Role: Quantity Surveying

Sector: Heritage

PMP were appointed as Quantity Surveyors and CDM Coordinators on the Dudley Zoological Gardens project. The scheme involved the sensitive refurbishment of the listed Lubetkin-designed concrete structures. Dudley Zoological Gardens (DZG) welcomes over 250,000 visitors each year. Founded in 1937, the 30 acre DZG site is home to some of the rarest animals in the world with international conservation programmes. The site, which sites in a conservation area, also incorporates the 11th-century Dudley Castle and the world’s largest collection of iconic Tecton buildings.

The Tecton structures became unused and left to serve only as monuments. The lack of use led to poor upkeep and deterioration, suffering from corrosion. The project involved the refurbishment of four Tecton structures. The Station Cafe, Entrance, Bear Ravine and adjacent Kiosk were all restored in two phases.

The project was awarded £875,800 under HLF’s Heritage Grants programme in June 2012 and completed in early 2015. It incorporated the repair, renovation and interpretation of four of the zoo’s 12 ‘Tecton’ structures, many of which are listed, and the chairlift was repaired and renovated.