Sitting pretty!

Two curvy concrete benches and other stylish seating has been added to DZG’s impressive car park entrance.


The concrete seats, shown above, have been put right outside the new-look entrance and complement the zoo’s Modernist architecture which dates back to 1937 when the attraction opened.

The other four benches, made of concrete and wood, have been installed inside the zoo gates by the Safari Gift Shop.


Zoo Director Derek Grove, pictured above, said: “The benches complete the striking new entrance which features five life-size handcrafted steel animal sculptures and a bespoke gate bearing our distinctive tiger logo.

“All these wonderful new additions give a great first impression as visitors approach the zoo and we are delighted with the overall appearance.

“The next stage of our site development plan will see exciting new animal enclosures built in 2016, which will benefit both the residents and visitors.”

The outdoor furniture was supplied by Furnitubes International and the unique wave-form design of the concrete benches is a perfect match with the iconic roof of the Castle Hill entrance.

The curvy seating has been fitted on to the gravel paving which has a snake pattern formed on the surface for wheelchair users to follow the shallowest slope to the entrance.

The car park improvements and sculpture project were jointly funded by DZG, Dudley Council, the European Regional Development Fund and a Local Enterprise Partnership.