The National Science and Conservation Centre will be a purpose-built complex in Leicestershire, adjacent to Twycross Zoo. The zoo has received full funding for the ambitious project, which will allow researchers from all over the world to study the four great apes as well as 100 endangered species in naturalistic complex environments.
The chosen contractor will construct multiple orangutan habitats as well as a higher education campus complete with a residential facility and orangutan den building. Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council will collaborate with Twycross Zoo on the project, which will be funded through a two-stage open book design and building procurement, reports Contract Journal.
The preferred contractor will be required to take ownership of and adopt the design from RIBA stage 4 to completion when the pre-construction phase begins. Prequalifications from businesses must be submitted by September 22, with a contract award anticipated in January 2024.