Lloyd Group


March 2012 - January 2014


$1.9 million




The scope of works over the three contracts included:

Meerkat enclosures:

  • 3,200m2 of earthworks and construction of mounds
  • construction of multiple masonry retaining walls including bored piers
  • construction of six concrete tunnels designed for children
  • construction of one pop up tunnel for children and one concrete tunnel designed for children with disabilities
  • installation of glass fencing to meerkat enclosures
  • construction of concrete pathways and synthetic soft fall
  • construction of glass dome roofing for meerkat viewing and mezzanine floor viewing platform
  • preparation of multiple garden beds and palm installation
  • sandpit construction and boulder installation.

Predator Precinct:

  • construction of a 325m2 moat around the wild dog enclosure
  • supply and lay 1250m2 of turf
  • supply and installation of 270m2 coloured concrete paths and 90m2 of gravel paths
  • supply and installation of feature items including rock boulders and dead-fall trees.

Lemur Island:

  • construction works to the moat requiring 350m3 of liquafill and 700m2 of shotcrete including Aquron waterproof additive
  • supply and installation of 755m2 of exposed aggregate concrete paving, coloured and themed to suit the area
  • construction of a block of retaining walls, including reinforcing and foundation works and core fill installation
  • installation of 975 blocks to construct a wall, to the external component of the zookeepers building.


JMac delivered the meerkat enclosure project on budget and on time to open for the busy school holiday period. Undertaking construction in the oldest area of the zoo revealed the earth had been filled on an old creek. Additional earthworks and the importation of controlled fill were used to create a workable foundation. Additionally, JMac redesigned the exhibit wall footing and installed concrete piers to provide additional stability.

During construction of Lemur Island, the installation of the liquafill into the moat was a unique challenge, due to site access limitations. Two concrete boom pumps were used in tandem to pump over the heritage listed wall, and then reach the farthest point of the moat.