Marwell Zoo are currently undergoing a £17 million investment programme to advance their 140-acre park that is home to hundreds of wild and exotic animals. The latest project of the investment programme is the new Tropical House that will be available to the public in 2018. It has been designed to be a key visitor experience for the zoo and will have a focus on education and sustainability. The majority of the buildings power will come from renewable technologies and there is planned future development to generate energy from the anaerobic digestion of the animal waste produced at the zoo.
CambridgeHOK are going to be installing a new Priva BSM system to take care of the environmental controls in the Tropical House zones. The controls will include a state of the art renewable energy centre. CambridgeHOK has the expertise to programme and install the latest Priva BMS controls which will allow precise monitoring and control for each area all within one system. As these zones will include animal habitats precise monitoring and control of the environmental conditions is vital. We are also involved with the control and monitoring of the plant room which will house a biomass boiler, highly efficient back-up gas boilers, water treatment plant and rain harvesting.
Duncan Grant, the lead CambridgeHOK controls engineer who is heading the design, installation and commissioning of the Priva building management system said, “It’s a very ecologically sound building, designed to be as energy efficient as possible and the control system we are installing will be responsible for the efficient running of the building, as well as providing ideal conditions for the flora and fauna.” The Tropical House is sure to create a high quality, novel and immersive exhibit. It will deliver guaranteed, close-proximity animal viewing while enhancing and setting new standards of husbandry for the species displayed. Watch this space, we can’t wait to get started!