The new Wing Building designed by Godden Allen Lawn for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is rapidly running out of wall space after picking up yet another award.
The building at Capel-le-Ferne, just outside Folkestone, has now added a win in the tourism and leisure category of the prestigious RICS South East Awards 2016 to the successes it has already achieved.
The award nomination said the building had added an exciting new dimension to the National Memorial to the Few, going on to say that it had “exceeded expectations, boosting visitor numbers and helping to establish the site as one of the county’s top attractions”.
We designed The Wing in the shape of a Spitfire wing, something which has impressed visitors from far and wide, as well as numerous judging panels. Even Her Majesty The Queen, who opened the building accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh last year, was said to be impressed.
It was highly commended in the Small Commercial Building category of the 2015 LABC Building Excellence Awards, having already been named Best Small Commercial Building at the Southern Region awards earlier this year.
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 also won the Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm category after being entered by Dover District Council and the team here at Godden Allen Lawn.
The building incorporates a shop and café plus flexible learning space and high-tech visitor experience and was named as the RICS regional winner at a prestigious event in Brighton’s Amex Stadium. A total of 48 schemes from the South East were shortlisted across the eight categories.
The RICS – the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – is the leading architectural body in the country. In its own words, the awards “showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment”.