9. Acknowledgements

This article originated as a lecture given to the Association on 14 January 2015

Stuart Tappin BSc MA MIStructE is the Director of Stand Consulting Engineers and was the Project Engineer for the works at Dudley Zoo.

David Platts BA(Hons) BArch PGDip Arch RIBA CR, was the Project Architect for the works at Dudley Zoo.

Further information on the Tectons and repairs can be found on www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/tectons/


  • Fig. 1: Site plan
  • Fig. 2: The entrance, c. 1937
  • Fig. 3: The Station Café, c. 1937
  • Fig. 4: The shop before the works
  • Fig. 5: A typical area of damage to the underside of the entrance canopy slabs
  • Fig. 6: Detail of repair in progress to damaged concrete
  • Fig. 7: Repair to the entrance canopy slab
  • Fig. 8: The completed entrance
  • Fig. 9: The shop on completion of the repairs
  • Fig. 10: The Bear Ravine before the works
  • Fig. 11: The Bear Ravine during the repair works
  • Fig. 12: The upper walkway of the Bear Ravine after the repair works
  • Fig. 13: The viewing platform of the Bear Ravine after the repair works