Plans for a “Jurassic Park” style UK tourist attraction – minus the dinosaurs – are still on track despite failing to get government funding
Architect Renzo Piano has designed the $120m prehistoric project but it looked in danger after failing to win Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF)
The backers of the planned “Jurassica” said they would reapply for funding and had no plans to scale down the massive scheme which would be situated on Britain’s Jurassic Coast – an area of Dorset famous for its fossils and spectacular cliffs.
The attraction, earmarked for a former limestone quarry on the Isle of Portland, is the brainchild of science writer Michael Hanlon and aims to provide a new education and tourist focus for the region
The scheme, which is backed by Eden Centre mastermind Tim Smit and veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, would recreate the Jurassic landscape beneath a transparent glass roof supported from the quarry walls.
A spokesperson for the project said: “The project is now continuing into development without an HLF development grant.
“At some point our intention to reapply as we firmly believe the Heritage Lottery is a strong and appropriate partner for such a significant heritage project as Jurassica.
“There is no desire or need to scale the project down, it is, and we remain, ambitious – that’s part of the attraction.
We have applied to and will apply to scientific trusts and other grant-giving bodies both in the UK and overseas.”