Portland’s Jurassic Coast visitor attraction granted charitable status

An £85 million Jurassic Coast visitor attraction, which is to be created on Portland to rival the Eden Project, has been granted charitable status.

‘Jurassica’, which has the backing of Sir David Attenborough, will be a subterranean geological park in the former Yeolands quarry on the east side of the island showcasing world-class paleontological remains including dinosaurs, marine reptiles and plants. The attraction will be covered with a translucent ‘spider web’ roof.

Construction time for the project is estimated to be three to five years and, if funding can be secured, the project aims to be open by 2019.