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Chester Zoo reveals massive expansion plans

Chester Zoo owners revealed massive expansion plans that will include a rainforest-themed, domed ecosystem and hotel last week.

Details are only currently known about the first £90M phase of the £225M project, but the zoo owners claim that the plans will see Chester Zoo transformed into the largest animal attraction in Europe.

The African rainforest-themed bio-dome will comprise a series of connected domes which can be explored through a jungle canopy and an interactive water ride.

Also included in the first phase, for which planning permission for which will be sought later this year, is a 90-bedroom hotel, a Conservation College and a revamped main entrance linking to a marina development on zoo land beside the Shropshire Union Canal.

The rest of the project is due to be completed by 2018. Faber Maunsell is providing structural advice to the project architect Proctor and Matthews.

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