24th June 2013- Go ahead given for the new visitor centre at Capel-le-ferne
Great news from Capel-le-Ferne, where the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has given the go-ahead for work to start on the new visitor centre at the National Memorial to the Few.
It’s great news for Kent and for those who believe that the sacrifice and heroism of the RAF during the Battle of Britain needs to be remembered by the younger generation, but it’s also great news for local businesses.
We were delighted to be asked to design the building – which is in the unmistakeable shape of a Spitfire wing – and we have been working with local building companies on the construction contract for this exciting project.
Work will start on the building at the end of August and it should be up and running in time for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2015.
More funds are still needed to complete the high-tech experience, but Trustees are confident that they have the resources to begin work on the centre itself.
The Wing will feature a learning centre as well as an exciting audio-visual presentation about life in ‘Hellfire Corner’ in the summer and early autumn of 1940.
“We feel privileged to have been asked to design such an important building for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and we are looking forward to taking this project forward,” commented partner Nick Lawn.
The scheme demonstrated Godden Allen Lawn’s expertise not just in design but in ‘value engineering’. When estimates for constructing the Wing-shaped building came in above budget, the firm carried out a line-by-line review in order to find ways to make it more affordable.