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Tender for design, build and installation of straight-tusked elephant sculptures

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is looking to appoint a sculptor to design, build and install one adult straight-tusked elephant sculpture (3.5m-4m high) and one straight-tusked elephant calf (1-2m high). The sculptures will help bring to life the geological history of the Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme area, including Heidelberg Man axe finds bones of the Straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus. The sculptures will likely be metal, although willow may also be considered.

With main funding of over £1 million raised by The National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the DLL scheme aims to restore the most significant area of ancient woodland in Warwickshire, increase landscape connectivity through the restoration of hedgerows, grasslands, ponds and heritage sites and engage local communities in a programme of natural heritage-related activities.

You are invited to provide a tender for delivering this work. A copy of the full brief may be downloaded here.

The Scheme

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Full details of the scheme, including the Management and Maintenance Plan, can be accessed at:

Summary of Requirements

  1. To design and construct one adult straight-tusked elephant sculpture (3.5m-4m high) and one straight-tusked elephant calf (1-2m high). The calf will be accessible to the public but should not be a play structure or encourage climbing or sitting on.
  2. To construct the sculptures out of metal. Willow or other natural materials may also be incorporated into the design, however please note that the sculptures have to have a durability of a minimum of ten years and maintenance costs will be taken into account. Please provide details of any maintenance you would expect to be required within the ten years.
  3. To organise and install the sculptures on site at Ryton Pools Country Park, working with staff at the park, including Senior Ranger, Craig Earl.


Milestone Date
Brief issued 23rd November 2018
Deadline for submission of quotes 7th January 2019
Shortlisting 8th January 2019
Pitch to scheme staff by shortlisted candidates 17th January 2019
Appointment of artist 31st January 2019
Draft designs approved 1st April 2019
Installation of sculpture 30th September 2019

The quote should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019 (via email or post). No late submissions will be accepted. Shortlisting and the initial selection will be made by staff from Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme and Warwickshire County Council.

Please include examples of previous similar work that you have carried out and any supporting documents, together with any CVs and testimonials. Please indicate if you would need to sub-contract the installation of the sculptures.

The tender should include all aspects outlined in this brief and provide a final fixed price. Please state all costs, including VAT, and indicate if any elements have not been quoted for and why.

Please provide all relevant Health & Safety information, including Risk Assessment processes, evidence of insurance and compliance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

The total budget for this project is £20,000

Please contact us if you have any questions or to arrange a formal site visit.

Please submit your quote and any documents by email or post to:

Craig Earl
Senior Ranger,
Ryton Pools Country Park,
Ryton Rd,
024 7630 5592