Penguins Rock

The main pool is Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep at its deepest point, containing 1.2 million litres of water.

Location:  Edinburgh
Client: Edinburgh Zoo
Cost: £750k
Completion: 2013

Blyth & Blyth provided Structural Engineering design services for the upgrade of Edinburgh Zoo’s penguin attraction.

The new enclosure, now known as “Pengions Rock”, features lowered perimeters to help make visitors feel closer to the birds. Enhanced viewing areas have also been created with interactive interpretation using feathers, nesting rings, parasols and eggs.

Mock sandy beaches and rocky areas add great visual touches, but also provide the birds with different textures that are perfect for their feet.

Key challenges