Monsoon Forest has used Gilberts' ventilation solution to replicate a tropical rainforest

Bespoke ventilation solution developed to replicate tropical rainforest

  • 10 Nov 2015

Gilbert’s of Blackpool has developed a bespoke ventilation solution for Chester Zoo’s new £40 million Islands project.

At the heart of Europe’s biggest ever zoo is an indoor 31,050m3 Monsoon Forest. The exhibit is home to a tropical rainforest and animals including Sulawesi crested macaques, Sunda graham crocodiles and several exotic bird species.

A key requirement of the forest’s development was a ventilation solution that would enable visitors, vegetation and most importantly animals to be immersed in habitats as close to nature as possible.

After being contacted by Crown House Technologies, a subsidiary of main contractors Laing O’Rourke, air movement specialists Gilberts engineered a system to ventilate the exhibit interior.

Ventilation solution

Gilberts has engineered a system whereby 400mm dia aluminium jet nozzle diffusers have been mounted in galvanised plenum boxes and connected to underfloor BMS ductwork.

Each of the aluminium jet nozzles can be independently angled to direct the air upwards towards the roof, which is itself high enough to allow a free-flight aviary.

The company designed and tested the system before manufacturing it at its in-house facility in Blackpool.

Gilberts’ Technical Director Roy Jones commented: “Islands was a bit different to our normal commission: we needed to balance some means of creating adequate artificial air movement in a huge area, in a way that mimicked a tropical rainforest, to suit the range of species living there, by forcing air towards ‘cool zones’ up in the trees and would withstand their investigation!

Phil Ashton, Crown House Technologies Project Manager, added: “Islands has been a very complex project, integrating 25 buildings on a 1.5km jungle path.

Every element of the build – even the ventilation- needed to be as close as possible to the reality. We knew from experience that Gilberts has the knowledge and capability to engineer a bespoke solution efficiently and economically.”

Contact:

Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
Blackpool,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

Visit Gilberts of Blackpool's website

Leave a Reply

Latest news

MCRMA

MCRMA extends its online CPD programme

The MCRMA has added a new CPD module to its online CPD programme, available to those seeking to develop their knowledge and skills within the metal building envelope sector.

Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Cladding, Continuing Professional Development (CPD's), Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Roofs, Training, Walls

EJOT

EJOT to introduce ‘super self-tapper’ for heavy-duty applications

EJOT will be adding a new bi-metallic self-tapping fastener to its range, which will provide a genuinely unique site solution for heavy-duty load applications.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Hand Tools, Innovations & New Products, Plant, Equipment and Hire, Posts, Power Tools, Walls

Freefoam

Freefoam support installers getting back to work

Freefoam Building Products has released an informative, simple video to illustrate how roofline fitters can carry out work while keeping themselves, colleagues and homeowners safe.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Drainage, Guttering, Soffits & Fascias, Fascias, Health & Safety, news, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Roofs, Video of the Week, Walls

BMBI

Builders’ Merchants’ Q1 sales hit by Coronavirus restriction: BMBI

Builders’ Merchants’ sales to builders and contractors in the first quarter of 2020 were knocked by the COVID-19 pandemic and Government measures to contain the virus, explain the BMBI.

Posted in Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Health & Safety, Interiors, news, Plant, Equipment and Hire