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Treating Iggy, the standing Iguanodon

19 December 2015

by Rebecca Bennett, FCPD

A team from Cliveden Conservation, in conjunction with The Morton Partnership, have undertaken an initial six-week programme of repairs for the London Borough of Bromley to treat Iggy, the iconic standing Iguanodon.

Planning the works - Key players confer on the issues for the standing iguanodon before the works started on a site visit, 6 November 2105. From left to right, Tyler McGill from Bromley, Ed Morton, Morton Partnership, Lewis Proudfoot and Nick Richardson, Cliveden Conservation. (Photo by Ellinor Michel, Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs)

We explained some of Iggy’s problems in a previous post.

This work started in mid-November and involves:

- Stabilising the whole structure
- Repairs to cracked and lost concrete and render
- Overall cleaning and removal of damaged paint
- Restoring paintwork and lost areas
- The first few weeks of work have now been successfully completed.

Work so far:

Cleaning: The existing cracks have been cleaned, the dirt and organic growth between the scales have been removed. The team has started removing damaged paint and cleaning the whole structure with a pressure washer. They have also tested different methods of removing all paint across the entire surface.

Pressure washing an iguanodon..with the BBC One Show capturing the moment on film. (Photo: Ellinor Michel)

Operating: Failed concrete and render has been cut out and Iggy’s cracks have been stitched up with stainless steel pins and clamps.

Stitching a crack. (Photo: Ellinor Michel)

Filling a crack. (Photo: Ellinor Michel)

Cosmetic surgery: samples of mortar and paint have been prepared to decide how best to fill in the areas of loss and repair the surface damage.

Matching patterns…  (Photo: Ellinor Michel)

...and colours… (Photo: Lynn Hilton)

...results in a lovely new skin. (Photo: Lynn Hilton)

Dentistry: The team are taking out very damaged teeth and thinking about how to repair ones that are only a little chipped.

Extracting teeth….. (Photo: Lynn Hilton)

...results in great new choppers. (Photo: Lynn Hilton)

More updates to follow as the work progresses. Watch this space, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the conservation programme.

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