Lion Gorge

Melbourne Zoo


Oct 2013 to Oct 2017

Project Type

Interpretative Zoo Exhibit

Services Provided

Project Management

Services Provided

Project Management from Concept Design through to award of Construction Contracts, including Alignment Workshops, Value Management, Stakeholder Management, Design Team Management, and Tender and Contract Procurement Services.

Delivery Methodology

Traditional Lump Sum in two stages

Accuraco team members were appointed by Melbourne Zoo as Consultant Project Manager for the new Lion Gorge exhibit, developed on the site of the Heritage-listed African Lion and Wild Dogs exhibit.

This was the first of a two stage precinct, encompassing the north east corner of Melbourne Zoo. Lion Gorge was the first of a two-staged project, that culminated in the creation of the Carnivore Trail, located in the northeast corner of Melbourne Zoo. The scope included a new Visitor Education Centre, animal management facilities, and immersive landscapes which supported the Zoo’s conservation messages and exhibit storyline.

The creation of this new precinct has allowed the Melbourne Zoo to further develop powerful experiences that facilitate emotional connections between visitors and wildlife, help visitors understand issues facing wildlife and the role they have to play, and has given visitors the tools to take action to help save wildlife and wild places. This journey of ‘connect-understand-act’ is key in Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight wildlife extinction locally and overseas.

A multi-disciplinary interpretative and primary works design team, ARK, were selected by Melbourne Zoo to create and deliver the design for this unique exhibit. Accuraco was brought on board in the Concept Design Phase to work with ARK and the cost planner, WT Partnership, to assist Melbourne Zoo with the alignment and validation of the Project Brief, and project manage the remaining design and tender procurement phases.
The alignment and value management exercises, conducted across key points in the design phase, provided opportunities for the Zoo’s management and stakeholders to put forward ideas and make critical decisions in an open, supportive environment.

The result has provided Melbourne Zoo and the Project Team with the necessary surety and comfort, that they have sufficiently investigated, tested and developed the project brief and design to address key short and long term risks and gain the optimum project outcome with the available resources.

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