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PRESS RELEASE 12-JUN-2017: LANDMARK LARGER THAN STONEHENGE UNVEILED AT LREF 2017

ALUNA open for investment as the project reaches final development stages

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ALUNA, a landmark that promises to become the world's largest Moon and Tide clock, will be exhibiting at The London Real Estate Forum 2017 as it seeks investment for the final stage of its development.

Designed by artist Laura Williams as a place of celebration and connection, ALUNA is made up of three vast recycled glass rings that track the Moon's cycles and influences on the Earth with slowly moving light. Sustainably built and powered naturally by the Sun and the Moon's tides, the ambition is for ALUNA to run for generations to come. It will be sited at 0° Longitude on the Greenwich Peninsula to create a public space for international festival, education and community events at the point where time and tide meet.

Laura Williams, artist and creator of ALUNA, commented: "ALUNA will create a visionary public landmark and waterfront space for everyone. By renewing our connection to the Moon and tides, ALUNA will unite people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures with each other and with nature, as we transition to a sustainable future. Located at 0° Longitude on the Greenwich Peninsula, ALUNA celebrates Britain's astronomical and maritime past and future and will create a visitor destination that could attract an additional 260,000 visitors and £4million a year in additional spend to this area. Having progressed with the support of our global partners to the final stage in our development, I am delighted to showcase ALUNA at the London Real Estate Forum."

Showcasing the best in regenerative design, innovation and engineering, ALUNA has been developed by an international team of engineers, architects, designers, environmentalists, astronomers and oceanographers. ALUNA's partners include G L Hearn, one of the UK's leading property consultancies; Ramboll, global structural engineers; and communications consultancy, Teamspirit. The visionary project has garnered support from stakeholders including the Royal Borough of Greenwich; luminaries including Sir Tim Smit, the Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, Jude Kelly CBE, Richard Dawkins, Brian Eno; and national cultural institutions including The Eden Project, The Science Museum London, The Royal Observatory Greenwich, Three Faiths Forum, Business In The Community and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen. The project has completed its feasibility and pre-application scoping studies for the proposed Greenwich Peninsula waterfront location.

Designed to be a sustainable part of the local economy, the ALUNA Project is forecast to create 174 net additional person years of employment when complete and will attract more than 260,000 visitors who will spend an additional £4m a year in the local area. The direct contribution to the local economy will be alongside inspiring public engagement and learning that explores, educates and celebrates the interconnected relationships between humankind and the natural world through co-created education and community programmes already in development between ALUNA and partnering local, regional and national cultural institutions.

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03.04.15 – EQUINOX FULL MOON

NEW ROYAL GREENWICH LEADERSHIP SUPPORT

Royal Greenwich and Denise Hyland

Councillor Denise Hyland, the new Leader of Royal Greenwich Council, has personally endorsed Aluna:

“Aluna will be a beautiful piece of public art combining time and tide. It has a natural alignment with Royal Greenwich in many ways.

Greenwich is recognised across the globe as the home of time and for its Maritime World Heritage Site, 02 Arena, Royal Artillery Barracks, Thames Barrier and other iconic landmarks. I believe the addition of Aluna to this suite of attractions will act as both an inspiration for our residents and students, and a major international tourist attraction.

Personally I can think of no better place for Aluna than here in Royal Greenwich at 0° Longitude. Not only is this a hugely significant location in terms of how we consider influence of the moon on our maritime activities, it will also celebrate the heritage of our river based city.

I am pleased that you are already working with Royal Greenwich officers to deliver Aluna and wish you every success in bringing this phenomenal landmark to our shores.”


ALUNA’S PIONEERS

With the wholehearted support from both the Mayor of London and Royal Greenwich now in place, The Aluna Foundation is busy fundraising for the resources required to secure detailed planning permission for Aluna on the Greenwich Peninsula waterfront. If you are interested in becoming an Aluna Pioneer sponsor, we would love to hear from you. Please email foundation@alunatime.org or call the studio on 01297 680680 for more information. Aluna’s Pioneers are transformational people and will be specifically recognised on site at Aluna and during this next exciting development phase.


CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ALIGNMENTS

We wish you a wonderful Easter and Passover – just two of the many cultural festivals around the world that are linked by the moon! Easter and Passover are both timed by the occurrence of the first full moon after the spring (vernal) equinox. This year the full moon is happening on the Easter/Passover weekend itself, and comes with a lunar eclipse. This is the second ecliptic alignment of earth, moon and sun this month - the first was the incredible solar eclipse on the spring equinox, which was significantly visible from here in the UK:


Eclipse 2015 UK


> News 2014

24.12.14 – WINTER SOLSTICE MOON
Mayoral Support / New Greenwich Leadership Support / Become an Aluna Pioneer / Aluna Design Team Complete / Aluna Education / Aluna the Movie / Festive Wishes

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MAYORAL SUPPORT CONTINUES

“As the best big city in the world, London’s world class cultural offer brings people from across the globe to our great capital. Aluna can only enhance this cultural offer, drawing international visitors and Londoners alike to Greenwich Riverside, an emerging urban district. The Thames runs through the heart of our mighty city and it is fitting that a monument such as Aluna – harnessing the best of British innovation, craftsmanship and creativity – is built to celebrate the Greenwich Prime Meridian, our city and the river that forged it. As a unique waterfront public space, Aluna will act as a breathtaking focus for cultural and educational events on one of the most historic waterfronts in the world. I am in full support of this scheme and the GLA is working with Aluna to ensure its successful delivery and the creation of another lasting legacy for London.” Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Boris Johnson has personally endorsed Aluna, and The Aluna Foundation was awarded a development grant from the Mayor of London/Greater London Authority. This support has enabled Aluna to make significant progress over the last year, alongside grants from the Ramboll Foundation, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Mike Davies CBE and the Royal Astronomical Society, and the immense in kind support from Aluna team members.


NEW GREENWICH LEADERSHIP SUPPORTS ALUNA

Aluna was recently presented to the new Leader of Greenwich, Councillor Denise Hyland and members of her Executive team. Royal Greenwich is pleased to support the proposed Aluna scheme and will be advising us through the project’s development within and for the borough and its communities. The project is hugely exciting for us and for the whole of London, but we also recognise that it will be of most direct interest to the residents and businesses of the Greenwich Peninsula, and the river and surrounds. Our design development is temporarily on hold whilst we fundraise, however we will be making a further announcement in due course regarding the public consultation, scheme design and 2015 planning programme.


ALUNA’S PIONEERS

With GLA and Royal Greenwich support in place, The Aluna Foundation is now fundraising for the resources required to secure detailed planning permission for Aluna on the Greenwich Peninsula waterfront. If you are interested in becoming an Aluna Pioneer sponsor, supporting Aluna for this most critical and defining stage, we would love to hear from you. Please email foundation@alunatime.org or call the studio on 01297 680680 for more information. Aluna’s Pioneers are transformational people and will be specifically recognised on site at Aluna and during this next exciting development phase.


ALUNA’S DESIGN TEAM IS READY TO GO

Aluna’s design and development team is now complete and ready to take the scheme through its scheme design development, environmental studies and planning submission as soon as the funds are in place.

We are delighted to be joined by leading Dublin architects Heneghan Peng and Innsbruck lighting designers Bartenbach.

AECOM have recently been appointed as Aluna’s planning and EIA consultants. Our thanks to Land Use Consultants for their fantastic planning expertise and services up to this point, and the in kind support they have committed to Aluna over many years. Aluna’s team has also recently been joined by Her Majesty’s Nautical Almanac Office (HMNAO) who are advising Aluna on astronomical alignments specific to the site. Law firm Kaye Scholer has been providing pro bono financial and tax law advice.

Please visit our Team page to see the full line up.


EDUCATION

Aluna Education’s first pilot is nearing completion and will be launched in spring 2015. STEM Ambassadors from Ramboll UK, Aluna’s structural engineers, will be delivering workshops in local Greenwich primary schools, and national curriculum teaching resources will available online to schools nationwide. If you work at a primary school local to Greenwich and are interested in taking part in this pilot, please contact Laura Williams on 01297 680 680 or email team@alunatime.org.


'ALUNA' THE MOVIE BY THE KOGI OF COLOMBIA

Please watch the Kogi and film maker Alan Ereira's newly released feature length documentary all about 'Aluna' – the mind inside Nature, the threads that connect us all. www.alunathemovie.com.


FESTIVE WISHES

Many thanks for your continued support for Aluna, we look forward to bringing you more news in the new year. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy Solstice and a wonderful 2015!


21.03.14 – SPRING EQUINOX MOON
Aluna Prepares for Planning / Aluna Education Programme / Study Shows Full Moon Affects Sleep / Aluna on the Robert Elms Show

Aluna Greenwich Meridian artist impression

21.03.14 – SPRING EQUINOX MOON

ALUNA PREPARES FOR PLANNING

The Aluna team has been immensely busy in determining the optimum location for Aluna prior to preparing a full planning application later this year.

The Aluna Foundation has recently submitted a scoping report to the Royal Borough of Greenwich about the work we propose to do to assess the potential environmental impacts of the project at the proposed Thames waterfront location on the north west of the Greenwich Peninsula. This progress has been facilitated by grants from the Ramboll Foundation, Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Michael Davies Charitable Settlement and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as significant pro bono support kindly provided by Aluna team members.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an important part of the technical process we need to go through to design our scheme sensitively and secure the necessary permissions to construct Aluna at this exciting Greenwich Meridian site. The scoping opinion application number is 14/0689/EIA and can be viewed here.

The project is hugely exciting for us and for the whole of London, but we also recognise that it will be of most direct interest to the residents and businesses of the Greenwich Peninsula, and the river and surrounds. We will be making a further announcement in due course regarding the public consultation, scheme design and planning programme.


Aluna Greenwich Meridian artist impression

Aluna has attracted an impressive design and EIA team who are working together to progress the project scheme through EIA to planning: Ramboll UK, David Powell Associates, Land Use Consultants, GL Hearn, Dominic Cole Landscape Architects, Mark Major, Freshfields, Royal Haskoning DHV, Bournemouth University, HR Wallingford, IT Power, Gleeds and King’s College London. Visit the Aluna Team page for the full line up.


ALUNA EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Aluna is also developing its first Education Programme with EBC Education. The programme will be piloted later this year with talks and workshops in local Greenwich schools, and online National Curriculum learning materials available to schools nationwide. More information soon…


STUDY SHOWS FULL MOON AFFECTS SLEEP

In case you didn’t catch it at the time, news was published in 2013 about a study proving that the moon’s phase cycle has an influence on the way we sleep, and that we may even have an internal circalunar clock that keeps us in tune with the moon! BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh invited Aluna’s artist Laura Williams to join the discussion on Radio 4, and speak about the idea that the moon has long been part of our culture, and that for many cultures we are intimately entwined with lunar cycles. You can read more about the scientific study here.


ALUNA ON THE ROBERT ELMS SHOW

Finally, the Alunatime Clock at Trinity Buoy Wharf was the subject of a Notes and Queries investigation on the Robert Elms Show, BBC London 94.9FM. Why not visit the clock at the historic Trinity Buoy Wharf, a wonderful place to experience moon and tide time and some lunch by the river.


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