Chester Zoo,Chester, UK

Chester Zoo


Technology Consultancy for AV


6 Months


Chester Zoo


The client 

Chester Zoo   

The North of England Zoological Society (NEZS), the organisation that runs Chester Zoo and the conservation campaign, act For wildlife, was formed by the zoo’s founder, George Mottershead in 1934 and is a registered charity. Their mission is preventing extinction, leading the way to protect endangered wildlife around the world.


The brief 

Bespoke designed African inspired grasslands

Recursive have been appointed to carry out Needs Analysis and Scheme design for entire AV requirements at Chester Zoo’s new Grasslands project. Recursive’s brief is to design technology systems covering the bespoke designed African inspired grasslands education and hospitality building at Chester Zoo as part of their long-term goal to “Zone” the Zoo.


The challenge 

Engaging and flexible ideas to intrigue and wow visitors

Our role is to initially design interactive projection systems and background audio systems for the grasslands restaurant and education space. We have also taken the opportunity to look at other more engaging and flexible ideas to intrigue and wow visitors which are in the process of being presented to the design team at Chester zoo to allow them to consider future expansion and updating of interactive elements within the building.  



The Outcome 

Scheme design with accurate costs 

After attending several design team meetings with multiple stakeholders and providing multiple options for Chester Zoo we have delivered a detailed scheme design with accurate costs to allow the team to consider the next stage, which unfortunately has been delayed due to the financial implications caused by Covid-19.