The multi-million-pound-show Dinosaurs in the Wild comes to London next year and will be housed in a bespoke temporary structure to be built by Neptunus. Launched in Birmingham in June, the show takes visitors back in time to see what life was like 67 million years ago and was described as one of the biggest events to be staged at the National Exhibition Centre.
The show has now moved to Manchester’s EventCity, before heading to London next year for an eight-month long run from February to September. With no permanent building in the capital available to accommodate such a large show, the organiser turned to temporary structure specialist Neptunus to create a bespoke venue. A mix of immersive theatre, theme park fun and the latest scientific research, Dinosaurs in the Wild uses dramatic storytelling, high-tech animation and 3D audio-visual effects. More than 100 artists and technicians created the unique experience which features eight prehistoric giants.
April Trasler, managing director at Neptunus, commented: “There simply wasn’t a permanent building available in London to house an interactive experience of this scale. The organisers approached us and we are delighted to be creating a bespoke venue for them using our state-of-the-art Evolution technology where our structures have the look, feel and quality of a permanent building. In fact, this isn’t our first experience with dinosaurs. In 2014 we provided a temporary facility for a dinosaur exhibition at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt.”
The Evolution Structure in London, covering 3,400 square metres and standing 8 metres tall, will have black-out skins to provide a dark interior, with flooring adaptations to cope with the show’s exceptionally heavy installations. It will take an eight-strong crew of Neptunus technicians three weeks to construct.
1,600 square metres of Alu Hall structures will be constructed behind the temporary building to accommodate the requirements of the back-of-house support team, while a 600-square-metre Alure Globe structure will be linked to the Evolution to form a foyer and reception area for visitors.
Nick Levitt, production manager for Dinosaurs in the Wild, added: “Dinosaurs in the Wild is a hugely popular interactive show for all the family that requires lots of space to accommodate our massive installations and the myriad of technology for our spectacular special effects. Neptunus are able to provide us with a really versatile and flexible temporary structure where visitors can embrace the whole unique prehistoric experience.”