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Classical monument planned for Green Park

Classical practice Liam O’Connor Architects is set to design a new memorial in central London to commemorate the contribution made by Bomber Command during World War II.

The £3.5 million monument will sit at the Piccadilly entrance to Green Park, marking the 55,573 aircrew who lost their lives.

Based on classical Greek Doric Order style ‘in keeping with nearby structures’, the 8.5m-tall memorial will be made of Portland stone and is designed as a pavilion with an open roof.

The loggia will be made from melted down aluminium sections of a Halifax bomber shot down over Belgium in May 1944, and will be surrounded by areas of lawn with flowerbeds and seats.

Inside the monument will contain inscriptions, carvings and a dedication, as well as a sculpture of seven aircrew by the sculptor Philip Jackson.

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