ZSL London Zoo

Manufacturer: Paragon Creative

Client: The Zoological Society London

Architect: Ray Hole Architects

Product: Jesmonite AC730

The Project

The Zoological Society London and Ray Hole Architects (RHA) were responsible for designing a new enclosure to provide state of the art facilities for a breeding group of endangered Asiatic lions. The Land of the Lions attraction within London Zoo was officially opened by HM The Queen accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Jesmonite AC730 was utilised for the entirety of the themed environment in order to create an authentic Indian village environment typical of those in the Gir Forest. These AC730 set works include 85 metres of rockwork to create cliff structures and a ruined Indian fort which is 30 metres in length and five metres high.

The client required a material solution which was lightweight for ease of transportation and installation, whilst the AC730 also needed to be colour matched and colour washed to achieve a bespoke surface finish.

“Jesmonite is fast becoming Paragon Creative’s number one post coating and laminating material. We have used the material in hundreds of projects all over the world and are constantly surprised by its versatility and amazed by its durability in the extreme environments of installation. We hope that we can continue to work with Jesmonite, using their product innovatively and creatively.”

David Bloodworth
Paragon Creative