New Roadways A Roaring Success at West Midlands Safari Park

10th Nov 2020

S&C Slatter's dedicated in-house surfacing & civils team were thrilled to handover over 1.4km of new roadway construction at West Midlands Safari Park earlier this year.

Delivered as part of a major expansion project at the park, S&C Slatter's surfacing and civils division were chosen to deliver the new roadways, based on our collaborative approach and technical expertise demonstrated during the pre-construction planning phase.

Building roads to support visitor growth

Already attracting over 750,000 visitors each year, West Midlands Safari Park is implementing a new 5-year scheme to support visitor demand and upgrade facilities for the animals, improving both the guest experience and the park’s conservation efforts.

S&C Slatter were selected to deliver works to expand and improve upon the drive-through experience, including:

  • 8x new roadway sections
  • Specialist integration with existing roadways
  • Dedicated animal crossings
  • Improved visitor drive-through experience with a change of traffic flow and additional exits
  • Lime and cement stabilisation to mitigate weather risk
  • Working in live enclosures in close collaboration with park keepers to ensure safety of animals and staff
  • Delivery to tight timescales

As well as the need for specialist surfacing and civil engineering expertise to deliver the project, the park presented a particularly unique site location. WMSP knew they needed a contractor with the integrity and commitment to safety to ensure that the safety of both animals and staff would be prioritised throughout the project delivery.

Maximising safety and standards

As with all of our projects, stringent protocols were observed and enforced at all times, with our teams following project plans and method statements to the letter. The team worked closely with the park’s project team and keepers, working within live animal enclosures with careful consideration of staff, animals and visitors to the park, minimising disruption to daily operations while delivering the project under tight timescales.

S&C Slatter’s Road construction and improvement works were completed on time and to budget in early 2020, improving the drive-through experience for visitors with the delivery over 1.4km of new roadways, all while ensuring the safety and protection of the park’s animals.

To find out more about this unique project, read our case study.



The S&C Slatter team were first class, they followed our stringent protocols and followed their own plans and method statements to the letter. Every person on site was professional and approachable and answered any questions we had. All in all, a pleasure to work with.

Neil James, Project Manager, West Midlands Safari Park

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