The building we designed as a tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain has now collected its third – and perhaps most impressive – award .
The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne, opened in March by Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, has now been named as one of the most excellent buildings in the country.
The visitor and education centre, designed in the shape of a Spitfire wing, was Highly Commended in the Small Commercial Building category of the 2015 LABC Building Excellence Awards.
The building, which we designed for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust at the National Memorial to the Few, had already been named Best Small Commercial Building at the Southern Region awards earlier this year.
Trustee Andy Simpson spoke for us all when he said: “To be the regional winner was amazing enough, but to be runner-up in the national awards really is the icing on the cake.”
The Wing also picked up two awards at the 2015 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Awards for Planning Excellence. As well as being judged the overall winner, the building won the Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm category.
The LABC awards claim to reflect “the best in technical innovation, sustainability and design” and “showcase buildings and design teams that have had to tussle with difficult technical or construction issues and building site constraints”.
More than 1,000 projects across England and Wales were nominated for the prestigious awards, which were narrowed down to 14 winners and six highly commended developments, including The Wing.