Winter work

9 January 2017

A quick round up of the construction work happening this winter

The cold weather is not putting a freeze on our maintenance and construction work this winter, and it's not just the animals we're improving things for.

We've listened to our visitors comments and made improvements to our disabled and baby changing facilities. We recognised that our disabled amenities were not up to scratch, so this winter we're constructing a building to facilitate the needs of our disabled visitors. Inside, the building will have a spacious adult changing facility, complete with variable height benches, wash basin and accessibility hoists. There will also be 3 additional baby changing areas in a much more spacious environment.

The outdoor sea lion pool is having some essential repairs. The old render has been replaced making a smoother, non-porous surface which will be kinder to the sealions. The pool is being painted a slightly darker to benefit the sealion's eyes by preventing UV reflection. We're introducing a better, more environmentally friendly filtration system - reducing the dependence on chlorine. The keepers have also made plans for an expansion of the facility - so watch this space.

We've made further fun improvements to our giant fort. 'Caledonian Play' have added a junior climbing wall inside the fort and larger swings to the play area. The fort is one of the most popular features of the children's play area, we hope to improve it each year.