QS to cost next "next generation of zoos" in the South West with emphasis on low energy consumption

The National Wildlife Conservation Park has appointed Rider Levett Bucknall to provide quantity surveying services for a £62m wildlife park in the outskirts of Bristol.

The 55-hectare development on the northern outskirts of the city will have an emphasis on low energy consumption, use of biofuels and buildings constructed with sustainable materials.

The National Wildlife Conservation Park, a subsidiary of Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society which owns Bristol Zoo Gardens will house the first animal visitor attraction in the UK with a conservation centre and create direct links to sustainable field conservation and eco-system-based developments.

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2009 with the first stage of the park opening to the public in 2012. Investment in new exhibits will take place over the subsequent 15 year period.