Leisure and hospitality
Product / system supply
Wolverhampton City Council
Jack Moody (LCE) Limited
The architecture at Dudley Zoo dates back to 1937 when then owner, the third Earl of Dudley, chose a team of modernist architects to design the zoo. Using reinforced concrete the team created a revolutionary new design of building: Tectons. The structures have stood the test of time and 75 years on Dudley Zoo has the world's largest single collection of Tecton buildings. The 12-strong group was granted World Monuments Fund status in 2009 and ranked alongside such iconic landmarks as Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.
A £46 million regeneration project took place on the site. Work started with a new junction and road off Tipton Road which formed a single visitor entrance for Castle Hill attractions Dudley Zoo, Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust. The transformation is set to increase numbers to the three major tourist attractions, create a number of new jobs and improve the local economy.
Marlborough benches from Furnitubes were the perfect match for the new entrance, installed in the area between the car park and visitor entrance in which a snake-form is depicted in the gravel paving for wheelchair users to follow the shallowest slope to the entrance.
The unique wave-form design of the benches also perfectly complements the feature roof which consists of a series of S-shaped interlocking canopies.