Wing wins major award

The team behind The Wing, the new visitor and education centre built to honour the heroes of the Battle of Britain, has picked up a major award for its unique design.

The Spitfire-wing shaped building at the Capel-le-Ferne home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust was named ‘Best Small Commercial Building’ at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards for the Southern Region.

The award was collected by members of the project team, which was made up of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Epps Construction Ltd, architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn, quantity surveyors Woodley Coles and structural engineers Crofton Design. The building control team was from Dover District Council.

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LABC represents local authority building control teams in England and Wales and works with building owners, home owners, architects, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy, efficient and meet building regulations.

The Wing, which complements the other elements of the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, including the Christoper Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, which lists all the RAF aircrew who took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940, will now go forward to the LABC Building Excellence national finals later this year.

The Wing is home to The Scramble Experience, an interactive, audio-visual exhbition which aims to bring to life the Battle of Britain and the bravery and sacrifice of the men who fought it.

The Trust chose 2015 to open the new centre because it coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which will be marked on 12 July at the Trust’s annual Memorial Day event at the Naitonal Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne.

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