In June 2018 work began on the new £3.65m modern standalone Zoological Education Centre by The Bedford College Group on its Shuttleworth College campus. The facility will include a range of specialist animal care teaching areas; a tropical Biome and new teaching facilities.  In the new centre, the college will be able to expand the range of courses available for teaching animal care. The Biome and other parts of the centre will also be open for school and educational visits.  The Zoological Society of London is assisting the college with the design and specification of the centre. The Biome will be the first facility of its type to be developed by an FE college.

CCC were appointed to provide M&E services for the new  Zoological Educational Centre. The contract valued at £800k is being undertaken on a full design and build basis and includes specialist bespoke AHU installation to provide the correct environment to the Biome area to replicate the natural habitat for crocodiles, Access Control, PV Data Installations and a new substation.

The college in Bedfordshire will be the home to the “Eden style” zoological education centre complete with tropical rainforest setting, immersive bio-sphere and a wide range of species.

The new Zoologicial Educational Centre will open for the new term of September 2019 by which time existing animal buildings will be demolished and the wildlife given time to settle into new surroundings.

Shuttleworth has been working closely with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) which owns London and Whipsnade zoos, to create an environment where animal welfare is paramount but young people can train to work anywhere in the world.

Ian Pryce CBE Principal and CEO of The Bedford College Group which is investing £5 Million+ at Shuttleworth College after signing a 40-year-lease on the Old Warden Park outdoor education facility said:

We are creating learning and employment opportunities for young people not just in the South East region, but across the country and the world. This facility will be a world class educational setting which will be a tribute to the long-standing international reputation of Shuttleworth College.

Building Project Manager Mark Eustace explains the Zoological Centre was designed to be  “green” from the blueprints to brickwork.

We have worked closely with experts from the ZSL so that this building meets full zoo quality standards. The bio dome will be a unique teaching environment, there is nothing like it the UK. It will be sustainable and energy efficient, bio secure and suitable even to allow visitors on educational trips, from local schools for instance, to attend.