Chester Zoo Events Entrance

A beautiful oak building standing at the events entrance to Chester Zoo and a stunning new wedding venue, The Square, featuring oak elements.

Client Requirements

With around 2 million visitors every year, the Zoos standards were extremely high and the team at Hardwoods Group were able to create a building which surpassed expectations. This project included a gatehouse at the entrance to the events area of Chester Zoo, leading through to the wedding and events venues, as well as oak elements for the stunning new wedding venue, The Square.

Our Solution

Made from high quality oak, the building has a luxury feel and ties in well with the surrounding listed buildings.  

First impressions are important, and this gatehouse certainly delivers, with its high-end aesthetic. The combination of oak and glass is perfect for this job as creates a very stunning building, combining modern and traditional elements which is definitely worthy of note and fits into the Zoo perfectly!  

The Square, Chester Zoo’s new wedding venue, has a stunning modern aesthetic, featuring oak cladding on the exterior and grand oak trusses internally. Undoubtedly one of the more luxury places to say ‘I Do’, the Zoo has really captured the essence of Cheshire charm through the use of oak.

As seen in this project, the versatility and appeal of oak is unlimited, and oak buildings can be perfect in a wide range of outdoors applications, from private residential dining areas to wide-scale commercial oak buildings. 


We care about the timber frame design and build process that comes from our European oak.

The oak starts its journey when the acorn germinates and produces that spark of life. We start from the planting of the seedling, through the nurturing, growth and selection of the oak tree, to its harvesting, cutting, planing and manufacturing to produce the desired effect.


The most important stage. Speak to our team about your dream project and we’ll walk through the inspiration with you!

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Design Process

Our In-House Design Team works alongside you or your architect to guarantee a perfect project from day one.

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Operating the largest 6-axis CNC machine for timber in the UK, we can manufacture any frame thrown our way. Alongside our 5-axis HOMAG and experienced craftsmen, we’re proud to solely manufacture Bespoke projects.

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After Design and Manufacture, we quality check your Precision Perfect Frame, Truss, or Mouldings. Then it’s delivered in our famous Kit Form for easy installation.

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