Stepnell completes contemporary events building for National Memorial Arboretum

Stepnell has completed construction of an £8.1 million new events building at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, the UK’s year-round centre for remembrance.

The new building is the latest addition to state-of-the-art visitor facilities at the Arboretum which include its award-winning Remembrance Centre, also built by Stepnell.

The contemporary events space – Aspects – provides 2,500 sq m of modern, flexible accommodation for the Arboretum’s busy and varied function and events programme.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects (also the architect for the Remembrance Centre), it provides up to seven individual event spaces with facilities for 12  to 500 guests; banqueting space for up to 300 people;a  large banqueting kitchen and a stylish lounge and drinks reception area. The single-storey building features timber cladding and large areas of glazing offering spectacular views over the Arboretum grounds, where there are around 350 memorials and 30,000 trees.

Stepnell construction director Bill Haynes comments: “The finished events building is a fine and fitting addition to the facilities available at this nationally important location, providing a full range of modern amenities and services in a highly attractive building.

“We feel honoured to have once again worked with the Arboretum using our leisure sector expertise to deliver  superb, versatile events space, built and designed to the highest standard and worthy of its inspirational setting.”

The Arboretum’s Stepnell-built Remembrance Centre has achieved a wealth of architectural and construction awards including a RIBA National Award; the RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year title and the award for Natural and Cultural Heritage at the British Construction Industry Awards. It also brought a gold medal for Stepnell project manager John Neill at the 2017 Construction Manager of the Year Awards.

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