The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne is rapidly becoming Godden Allen Lawn’s ‘signature’ building, so it’s no surprise that it has won a place on a new Kent coastal trail focusing on great design.
The CHALKUP21 Art and Architecture Trail runs from The Wing to the Deal Pier Cafe, taking in other sights including Dover’s sea sports centre, The White Cliffs visitor Centre and The Pines Calyx on the way.
Architect Charles Holland visited The Wing this week to hand over a bronze plaque that will mark The Wing’s place at the southerly end of the route, which links nine structures. The plaque will be mounted on the building, which was commissioned by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, in the near future.
The dramatic Spitfire wing-shape of The Wing has already seen it win a number of design and building awards and attract numerous favourable comments from visitors. While one ‘wing’ of the building houses The Scramble Experience, the other is home to a study/meeting space and is designed for school use. The central area houses a shop and a first floor cafe with spectacular views across The Channel to France.
In the words of the CHALKUP21 website, the structures on the route “are linked … by two of the finest long-distance trails in England and Wales; the North Downs Way and England Coast Path National Trail routes. These pass through the Kent Downs AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the chalk grassland of the North Downs escarpment and heritage coastline.”