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ARCHITECTURE and interior design students from the University of Portsmouth have come up with ideas that could form part of a zoo revamp.

The Isle of Wight Zoo, which specialises in big cats, approached the university a year ago with the brief that would help them decide how to spruce up the site.

Ideas from students included building a tiger conservation area, creating a landmark tower and a cafe.

Charlotte Corney, the zoo’s director, said: ‘I’ve been impressed with the students’ professional approach and handling of the project. This is a large-scale development in an unusual location making for a challenging brief which the students approached with enthusiasm and flair.

‘They have delivered an original and compelling proposal which will form the basis of the scheme’s masterplan.’

Postgrad architecture student Stephen Dryburgh, 24, came up with the idea of a centre with space for photographers and artists to capture the animals and an education hub for children to learn about conservation. He said: ‘I saw it as giving the zoo more of a cultural identity and a place for local people to engage with on all kinds of different levels.’