National Memorial Arboretum Remembrance Centre

Alrewas, Staffordshire

A prestigious, multi-award winning project to create an inspiring new landmark building at the UK’s year-round centre for remembrance

Showcasing iconic design, this celebrated development demonstrates the application of innovative thinking and sensitive working practice to ensure this important national centre remained open to visitors throughout our work.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the £10.1m project included the Centre itself, as well as a new ceremonial courtyard, Heroes’ Square. The Centre incorporates a dramatic drum-shaped rotunda, exhibition and interpretation spaces, retail area, café, entrance lobby and learning centre. World-class facilities for 500,000 visitors each year.

  • Client:

    National Memorial Arboretum

  • Architect:

    Glenn Howells Architects

  • Programme:

    50 weeks

With a challenging 50-week window before Armistice Day ceremonies, we developed an entirely bespoke solution, redesigning the foundation and superstructure approach to create programme savings, using a construction method that could progress regardless of weather.

The building is a sympathetic addition to the site, constructed with Portuguese limestone echoing the Portland Stone of the nearby Armed Forces Memorial. A hybrid frame combines new glulam and steel with existing glulam, French-polished to match.

It’s hard not to be moved by the stature of what’s been created. At almost 31,000 ft, the National Memorial Arboretum now has a Centre worthy of its environment.

Since completion, we’re proud to have been selected to construct a new £5.4m Events Pavilion in the second redevelopment phase, which will provide banqueting space for up to 300 guests, a bar area for drinks receptions, a kitchen and meeting rooms.

“We want to thank you and your colleagues as well as the team directly working on the project. You can all be proud of what you have achieved, just as we are delighted with the iconic facility that you have created for us.”

John Cooper, Chairman of Project Board

RICS 2017 Project of the Year, RICS National Award Tourism & Leisure. RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year 2017, Winner of RICS West Midlands Tourism & Leisure Award, RICS West Midlands Community Benefit Award, Winner of British Construction Industry Award for Natural and Cultural Heritage 2017, Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist, West Midlands Insider Property Awards – Construction Project of the Year

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