From Walton Hall to Oakfield House via the BBC
September 15, 2014
The new television drama, ‘Our Zoo’, which tells the fascinating story of how Chester Zoo was established, has a double resonance for us at Donald Insall Associates.
We have obtained planning permission and listed building consent to improve the facilities at Oakfield House, the historic house at the centre of Chester Zoo and the focus of the television series.
The drama was actually filmed at another of our projects, Walton Hall in Warrington, where we are currently on site, building a new extension for Warrington Council. Whilst the extension was coming out of the ground at the north elevation, the BBC were filming around the south front, complete with GRP garden walls and plastic ivy.
The first Chester Zoo, complete with real animals, appeared on the lawn almost overnight and our patient contractors, Parkinson, managed to keep quiet and out of shot during filming.
Walton Hall will be complete later this year and Oakfield House is scheduled to start on site in 2015/16 once Chester Zoo’s major expansion has been opened.