Iconic Zoo Aviary set for a makeover

ZSL London Zoo is delighted to have secured a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for the development stage of restoring and modernising the Zoo’s iconic Snowdon Aviary.

Snowdon Aviary, ZSL London Zoo

ZSL plans to use the £301,000 grant to develop plans to rejuvenate this innovative structure, creating a new habitat for residents and allowing future visitors to get close to amazing animals at ZSL London Zoo and explore their habitats. 

A listed building and one of the Zoo’s most famous structures, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of completion in 2015, the historic aviary stands proud and visible from Regent’s Canal and Primrose Hill.

Inspired by the graceful movements of flying birds, the Snowdon Aviary was a truly unique structure for its time, conceived by Lord Snowdon and realised by the architect Cedric Price and structural engineer Frank Newby. When the exhibit was opened in 1965 it was Britain’s first walk-through aviary, allowing visitors to get up-close to a number of birds. 

ZSL’s Director of Fundraising, James Wren, explained: “We’re thrilled to have been unanimously voted to receive this initial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will use the funding to plan an incredible makeover for the Snowdon Aviary and potentially introduce new species to the exhibit. This project will show our visitors that the Zoo’s heritage is just as remarkable as its inhabitants.”

“This funding provides a fantastic opportunity to create a range of new activities, co-designed with target visitors, to ensure many more people can enjoy, learn and help us work for wildlife. We see this as the catalyst to put ZSL London Zoo at the heart of the community by offering many more accessible activities for everyone to enjoy.”

An application for a full grant of £4.8m will be made following the outcome of the initial development stage.

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