Transformation in the making
Architecture & Access have joined with TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) and ARM Architecture who have been working with the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Over the past two years plans have been prepared for the development of new areas and new experiences at the zoo.
The Victorian Budget 2020/2021 delivered $84 million to transform Werribee Zoo into Australia’s leading open range zoo. This includes building a new home for the city’s much loved Asian elephant herd, currently housed at Melbourne Zoo. Werribee Open Range Zoo’s redevelopment will deliver a world-class experience, with a new elephant sanctuary to house seven Asian elephants, a tree top sky safari gondola, a new specially designed site for rhinos and bison, and a brand new waterhole precinct. The new elephant sanctuary will be the gold standard in animal welfare with the herd able to roam freely over 22 hectares, including a walking trail to guide visitors through the landscape.
The extensive walking trail is being designed with wide paths and easy grades to ensure it is accessible for all people. The Sky Safari will, for the first time in the Zoo’s history, provide visitors with all abilities access to a bird’s eye view of the animals on Werribee Open Range Zoo’s expansive 222 hectares, and views of Werribee Park precinct and Werribee River. The safari bus tours will also take people to explore and view the animals in the large open range fields.
Architecture & Access was involved in the installation of the Changing Places facility at the Zoo which was completed in 2019. This provides the facilities to allow people with high support needs to stay for a full day at the Zoo.
Architecture & Access have been delighted to continue our involvement with the Werribee Zoo and to be involved in this new project, ensuring people of all abilities are able to experience the many opportunities the Zoo has to offer.