Projects / Jurassica


A spectacular subterranean geological park in a disused quarry in Dorset celebrating the unique heritage of the Jurassic Coast, with Sir David Attenborough as a Patron.

Image © David Lezenby, Azureus Design Ltd 2013
Image © David Lezenby, Azureus Design Ltd 2013
Image © David Lezenby, Azureus Design Ltd 2013
Image © Jurassica

The Vision

An ambitious and exciting proposal to construct a large, mostly subterranean visitor attraction in an old quarry on the Isle of Portland in Dorset to showcase the wonders of the ‘Jurassic Coast’ UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will combine displays of fossil material, sourced from the Natural History Museum and local collections, historic archive material from the Royal Society and elsewhere, and interactive and immersive displays, including the use of animatronics, to bring the world of the Mesozoic Era to life.

Our Role

We are currently providing development management support for the Project Development Stage involving briefing, development strategy, land acquisition, fundraising, communications and design team contracts advice, negotiation and monitoring, advice and planning on Design and Build procurement and putting in place an effective management team.

Key Information

24.7 acres
Isle of Portland, Dorset
Renzo Piano
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Experience Design :
David Lazenby
Quantity Surveyor:
Structural Engineer:

Special Mention

Jurassica is a registered not-for-profit charity with Sir David Attenborough and the Eden Project's Sir Tim Smit as Trustees. More information can be found at