Another award for The Wing – and this time it’s the big one!
Our visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne, designed for us by Kent architects Godden Allen Lawn, has won the tourism and leisure category in the prestigious RICS South East Awards 2016.
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”.
A total of 48 schemes from the south east were shortlisted across eight categories, with the winners and runners up announced during a glittering ceremony.
Expertly designed in the shape of a Spitfire wing, the building has already claimed a handful of top awards.
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 at Godden Allen Lawn.
The RICS nomination said the building had “added an exciting new dimension to the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne”, continuing: “The visitor and education centre, designed to reflect the iconic shape of a Spitfire wing, has exceeded expectations, boosting visitor numbers and helping to establish the site as one of the county’s top attractions. The building incorporates a shop and café plus flexible learning space and high-tech visitor experience.”
Trust Chairman Richard Hunting CBE said the charity was “thrilled at the recognition that this unique visitor centre has attracted and equally delighted at how popular it has proved with visitors”.