Despite the restrictions, closures and wild weather, Monarto’s new visitor center is taking shape with the team from Mossop Construction + Interiors and Zoos SA celebrating the completion of the internal roof and adobe walls.
Among the latest achievements is the completion of the roofing of interior spaces and adobe walls. The natural materials of rammed earth and corten steel were chosen to complement the surrounding environment and to provide good passive cooling and insulation properties with little or no ongoing maintenance.
Mossop has been working on the site since construction began in January 2021 and is still working until the February 2022 completion date, challenges permitting.
Commenting on the $ 16.8 million project, Zoos SA Managing Director Elaine Bensted said “progress is being made at high speed. The building is now visible from everywhere on the site and it becomes more and more easy and exciting to imagine it welcoming visitors.
“The new visitor center will welcome more visitors than we currently can and will provide visitors with the perfect starting point to begin one or more days of adventure at Monarto Safari Park, which will soon be the biggest safari experience in France. outside of Africa. “
Federal Barker Member Tony Pasin added “This is an exciting project that marks the start of a new era for Monarto Safari Park. This state-of-the-art visitor facility, along with other exciting developments, will transform Monarto Safari Park into world-class tourism. experience bringing thousands of first-time visitors, including international tourists to the Murraylands, which will benefit the national, state and local economy ”,
Neil Mossop, Managing Director of Mossop Construction + Interiors, said: “Mossop is passionate about supporting South Australia. This project directly strengthens the social, economic and environmental fabric of our state, the community and surrounding areas of Monarto and the Murraylands by providing direct employment and tourism boosting local commerce and businesses – we are proud to make this happen. part.
The state-of-the-art reception center project received $ 11.25 million in funding from the Australian government and $ 4.55 million from the state government at a total cost of $ 16.8 million to build the new reception center. The rural town of Murray Bridge also contributed to the project with the construction of a new driveway entrance from Monarto Road, which can already be seen.
The new visitor center will support the growth of Monarto Safari Park and allow approximately 55,000 additional people per year to visit, as well as expand educational offerings for school-age and tertiary students in South Australia.
The completion of the Visitor Center will be followed by the opening of the Wild Africa Enclosure, comprising a 560 hectare safari experience and a luxury hotel and glamping accommodation under construction by the investor. private Gerry Ryan.
Images: Credit Geoff Brooks, Zoos SA
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October 13, 2018 – Tasmanian Devils Unveiled at Monarto Zoo
November 13, 2017 – Monarto Zoo opens a new Lions 360 experience
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February 20, 2015 – Zoos SA publishes plans for new wildlife experiences at Adelaide and Monarto Zoos
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