West Midlands Safari Park

The team at West Midlands Safari Park asked us to re-fit their public area toilet block in 2020. They were so pleased with the end result that they asked us to make and fit out the kitchen and bathroom areas for their brand new innovative concept – their Safari Lodges, to be built in elevated positions inside the park grounds where people could stay overnight and watch the animals. They named the new buildings the Elephant and Cheetah lodges. The two concepts had different themes, both based on Safari/African colours and textures. The client put together mood boards for each, to give us an idea of what they wanted.

About the project

This was an extremely unusual project and one with which we were extremely proud to be involved. It stretched the interior design talent of Alexandra in our Sales team, who really relished the opportunity to utilise her Interior Design qualifications and experience. We went much further than usual in helping the Safari Park management team to bring their vision for the lodges to life.

We don’t usually get involved in sourcing sample wall and floor tiles, the right colour of hydro lock shower panels, and complementary finish shower screens, but on this project that is what we did do. We also found deals on microwaves and fridges, because we were making the units which were to house them.

Our fabricators became heavily involved in additional site visits and meetings, and we even helped to source trades for the electrical fit out, the plumbing and the tiling. We of course needed to liaise closely with these trades to ensure they came in at the right time, put sockets and plumbing for the showers in the right place, etc.

The Details

In addition, we made totally bespoke furniture from compact grade laminate in Formica Rural Oak, including fridge and microwave cupboards, drawer units and shelving in the kitchens, and bespoke shelving for the bathrooms.

Our solid surface fabrication skills were of course used on the kitchen and bathroom surfaces in both types of lodge. Durasein Nightfall was the chosen material, and we fabricated the kitchen worktops with a thermoformed curved end panel for extra wow factor. We also clad the window reveals and made matching splashbacks.

In the bathrooms, we fabricated all of the vanity bowls ourselves from Durasein Nightfall solid surface material because there were no off the shelf alternatives that matched the client’s requirements. They were delighted with the bespoke square shape.


All in all this was a very exciting project, made even more special because they used a local company to fulfil the brief. We took great pride in being part of what has now become a very successful and popular part of the appeal of West midlands Safari Park.

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