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Top award for Battle of Britain learning centre

Our imaginatively designed tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain has been honoured with one of the UK’s top awards for architecture.

The Wing, the visitor centre we designed for The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust at the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, Kent, has won the top award at the 2015 Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Awards for Planning Excellence.

As well as being judged the overall winner, the Spitfire wing-shaped building also won the Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm category.

The building was entered for the awards by Dover District Council and the team at Godden Allen Lawn Ltd.

The judges were particularly impressed with how effectively the council and the charity had worked together with the architects to achieve such an outstanding building.

Martin Randall, judging panel chairman, said: “This project demonstrated excellence in delivering a project which celebrates an important part of not only the region’s but the nation’s history.

“The partnership between the Council and the architectural company showed how working together can deliver exceptional results. A truly worthy winner.”

The award was presented on 8 October at a ceremony held at Reading Town Hall and Museum and sponsored by Countryside Properties.

The awards are described as “a celebration of the great things good planning can achieve”.

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