Victory for ‘The Wing’ at the South East LABC Awards

Victory for ‘The Wing’ at the South East LABC Awards

The building, appropriately named ‘The Wing’ due to it striking resemblance to a Spitfire plane has been recognised and rewarded in the ‘Small Commercial Buildings’ category at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2015.

The team responsible for delivering the project celebrated their success at the event held in Brighton in June after many years of hard work to ensure the dreams of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust became a reality so that those who fought for their Country continue to be remembered.

The Trust commissioned the team to deliver a new Visitor’s and Education Centre to compliment the existing memorial site at Capel-Le-Ferne near Folkestone.  The remarkable design by Godden Allen Lawn takes inspiration from the Mark 1 Spitfire plane and effortlessly creates an iconic landmark overlooking the English Channel where the Battle of Britain took place.

Formed solely of local consultants led by Godden Allen Lawn, the team included Kent Constructing Excellence Members Crofton Design (Engineers), Woodley Coles (Cost Managers) and Ashford based contractor Epps Construction to deliver the project.  The purpose of the awards is to celebrate all that’s good in the construction industry assessing vital elements that create excellent buildings such as technical innovation, sustainability and high performance.

The centre boasts a state of the art exhibition showcasing predominantly audio visual information about the battle, a first floor viewing platform and café facilities to enhance the visitor experience.  Completed in Spring 2015 the centre was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in March.

Project Manager and Designer Nick Lawn commented…….

“It has been a pleasure to work on this project and the whole team is delighted with finished building.  We feel we have achieved our original aim, namely to produce a simple, elegant and striking building which would stand proudly on the site, but discreetly so, without detriment to the natural beauty of the site or the poignancy and dignity of the memorial.  

We hope that The Wing will appeal to and engage future generations of young people and thus help the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in their ultimate objective of ensuring that they, and all of us, remember the bravery and sacrifices made by ‘The Few’ and the significance of the Battle of Britain”

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