International experts visit

DZG’s Tectons were put in the spotlight as we welcomed world-renowned architectural and heritage experts for an international conference.

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Members of the International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-century heritage (ISC20C), which is part of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held their two-day convention here last month.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said:“It was a huge honour for DZG to host the AGM here and welcome field professionals from all across the world.

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“As part of the second day of the meeting, we showcased our £1.15million Heritage Lottery funded restoration project of four of Berthold Lubetkin’s Tecton structures and DZG’s specialists gave talks about the work, before our Construction Supervisor, Carlo Diponio, demonstrated some of his innovative concrete repair techniques during a tour of our 12 Tectons on our 40-acre site.”

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During the meeting, delegates were also able to view the winning entries of our art and photography Tecton competition when six winners shared a prize fund of £2,000 – provided by Heritage Lottery – which were put on display in the Tecton Interpretation Centre, adjacent to the Safari Gift Shop.

Attendees also enjoyed an organised visit and meal to nearby Dudley Canal Trust.

DZG has 12 reinforced concrete Tectons – the world’s largest single collection, which were designed by the Russian-born architect. Built between 1935 and the zoo’s opening in May 1937, the structures were awarded World Monument status in 2009.