The new £1m Giraffe House

UK: Not to be dissuaded by a “tall” order, Bristol-based Just Air Conditioning has installed Toshiba VRF air conditioners in a new £1m state-of-the-art giraffe house.

The system is for three young giraffes Gerry, Tom and Dayo, the latest attractions to arrive at the Wild Place Project, a new venture established by Bristol Zoological Society in South Gloucestershire. The family outdoor adventure park has wildlife from the UK and across the world and, in addition to giraffe, has lemurs of Madagascar and grey wolves of Europe.

The giraffe enclosure, which stands on nearly two acres, was built following an appeal that attracted support from the public and corporate sponsors.

The Toshiba high wall units provide the right conditions while being out of the way of the giraffes

The enclosure is equipped with a heat-pump-based Toshiba SMMS-e two-pipe VRF system, specified by Toshiba T7 partner Just Air Conditioning, and includes four ceiling-suspended indoor units and three wall-mounted units.

Wayne Raven, who headed the project for Just Air Conditioning, said, “The ceiling-suspended units had to be located above the public viewing balcony, to ensure they were out of reach of the giraffe, which can grow up to 18ft tall.”

Visitors can walk into the viewing area on the ground floor, which can accommodate up to 30 people, and watch the giraffe from just a few feet away.