Tonkin Liu is in a race to raise the extra £24,000 needed to build a new lightweight, permanent bridge to Crystal Palace Park’s Grade I-listed dinosaurs
The practice, backed by Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and Bromley Council, has until the closure of an online crowdfunding campaign in 12 days to find the final £70,000 of funding required for the project.
The scheme has already received £30,000 from the mayor and pledges from than 400 people – including Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash – towards the perforated lace-like structure.
If you feel obliged, Pease donate to a spot that has always held a special place in my heart. https://t.co/sLoTtgumE3 iiii]; ) '— Slash (@Slash) November 24, 2018
As well as appealing to his 3.6m Twitter followers to help, British-born Slash - who spent part of his childhood in the capital - has donated a signed top hat for auction.
Local authority Bromley Council meanwhile has given its support in principle but has not committed any funds to the appeal.
If enough money is raised, the team will submit plans for the bridge, which features an ‘integral drawbridge plank’, in early 2019 with construction scheduled for the spring ahead of a summer opening.
According to the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize-winning practice, the life-sized dinosaur sculptures were created ’at a pivotal moment in 1854 as the first-ever ‘edu-tainment for science’. They sit on an island within a landscape that ‘attempts to reflect 400 million years of geologic time’.
The firm said: ‘Safe and reliable access is vital for the dinosaurs’ restoration and maintenance, declared “vulnerable” in condition by Historic England. Furthermore, this unique cultural asset inspires a strong sense of place and history, involving local and international communities.
‘Making the sculptures accessible to the public, under guidance from experts, will enrich their message and increase the sense of ownership.’
The Spacehive crowdfunder closes on 17 December.
Tonkinliu crystal palace dinosaur bridge 4
Location Crystal Palace Park, Bromley, south London
Type of project Pedestrian Bridge
Client Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and Bromley Council
Architect Tonkin Liu
Landscape architect Originally Joseph Paxton, 1854
Main contractor To be appointed in spring 2019
Funding Crowdfunding via Spacehive
Tender date TBC
Start on site date Spring 2019
Completion date Summer 2019
Contract duration N/A
Total cost £70,000
(photo kevin ireland) cp dinosaur island
Source: Kevin Ireland