Fairy penguins in Weymouth

Fairy penguins in Weymouth

Fairy penguins in Weymouth

Recently ATL has been working on a new penguin enclosure literally in our own back yard here in our home town of Weymouth. ATL was approached to provide specialist services for the brand new Fairy penguins in Weymouth project. Fairy penguins are the worlds smallest penguin species at little over 250mm tall, they are also known as little blue penguins. Converting an redundant reptile pool into a new state of the art penguin enclosure was no mean feat.

ATL fairy penguins in Weymouth

Before

ATL worked closely with the project team to develop a quality fast track solution. ATL installed all 1st fix flow and return LSS pipework from the plant room to the pool including a bespoke composite surface skimmer weir. The existing pool structure was modified to create a deep dive pool and shallow areas for easy penguin haul out.

Fairy penguins in Weymouth

The existing pool was modified

ATL used its dual colour GRP composite tank lining system to provide the water proofing for the new pool structures. The floor being a sandy seabed and the walls colored blue.

Fairy penguins in Weymouth

Preparing the composite

To enhance the visitor experience two low level acrylic viewing panels were added to give that all all important under the water view of these frolicking birds.

Once the lining and windows were installed our team of creatives set about creating rocky structures and textures to the pool surfaces to create a home from home for these fun creatures. The exhibit comprises a dive pool area as well as a large external nesting area.

Fairy penguins in Weymouth

Rockwork in progress

ATL is proud to have been involved with this project which sees the successful relocation from Manley aquarium in Sydney, Australia a colony of 25 fairy penguins in Weymouth. The fairy penguins in Weymouth are thought to the only colony of these tiny birds in Europe.

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