Snowdon Aviary, London Zoo
When it opened in 1965 it was Britain’s first walk-through aviary. The iconic design, which is a prominent feature on the Regent’s Canal and from Primrose Hill, was inspired by the graceful movements of birds.
In November 2016, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) announced that Foster + Partners are to overhaul the aviary, transforming it into a walk-through primate enclosure. This work will remove the aviary from Historic England’s At Risk Register.
Earlier in 2016, ZSL secured the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for the initial research and planning phase for modernising the aviary. The total cost of the project is estimated at £7.1 million, and ZSL is offering a range of sponsorship opportunities to enable the build.
ZSL’s Zoological Director, Professor David Field said:
“We’re thrilled to have appointed Foster + Partners to work on the landmark Snowdon Aviary. It’s fitting that a structure with such a unique history should be given new life by a world-class firm with such a strong heritage. Our most ambitious project to date, the new Aviary will reflect our decades of animal expertise and delivering innovative visitor experiences.”
Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder, Foster + Partners said:
“We are honoured and delighted to be working on the redevelopment of the Snowdon Aviary – a rare example of a completed work by Cedric Price. I also have a particular personal affection for it as it shows most strongly the influence of our mutual friend and mentor Buckminster Fuller.
“The redevelopment of the Aviary is a unique opportunity to preserve this exceptional structure and the legacy of pioneering architecture at ZSL London Zoo. It will be a great privilege to be able to contribute to the tradition of contemporary architectural additions at one of London’s most cherished institutions.”
(Images © Daniel Sprawson)
In March 2019, £7m plans to revamp the Aviary went out to tender.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Find the office locations of HESPR members – IHBC’s Historic Environment Service Provider Recognition (HESPR) scheme – using our map-based facility.
Liverpool landmark the Everton Library, a Grade II (GII) listed building that has been the focus of calls to restore it to its former glory continues to lie leaking, vandalised and derelict, when £5m could renovate the building, reports The Liverpool Echo.
A landmark on a list of the UK’s most endangered buildings, Shotton steelworks’ Grade II-listed general office and clock tower, is to be brought back to life in Flintshire.
Rochdale Borough Council writes: Over the past year the number of traders regularly attending the market has halved and it is not financially viable.
The Climate Heritage Network (CHN) Global Launch is a two-day program devoted to urgently mobilizing the cultural heritage sector for climate action across the globe.
A swing bridge that was designed by Brunel is to be ‘saved’ with a £62,000 grant from Historic England.
On September 13th the Victorian Society announced its Top 10 Endangered buildings list.
An Open Culture article takes a look at the American Cities of New York, Los Angeles and Detroit comparing how they look now compared to the 1930s and 1940s.
Great Yarmouth’s 91 year old Venetian Waterways has been re-opened to the public following a £2.7 million regeneration project.
BBC news has reported on how the Grade II-listed mansion, Horncliffe Mansion in Rawtenstall has been ‘completely gutted’ after a fire tore through the derelict building.