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Contest launched for £30 million Battle of Britain 'beacon'

An international search has begun to find an architect to design a new £30 million landmark ‘beacon’ to house the Royal Air Force Museum’s Battle of Britain collection

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) had previously come up with ‘an overall strategic direction and core concept’ (see below).

However the AJ understands the eventual contest winner would not be bound by the practice’s initial designs for a 116m-tower.

The building at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, north west London, will showcase around a dozen aircraft and ‘tell the story of a major event in British history…encouraging people to draw parallels with modern life’.

Launched as an OJEU notice (2010/S 252-388326), the contest is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

Organiser William Lamport said: ‘The work carried out by FCBS and their team has given a tremendous boost to the entire vision and has enabled the RAF to determine an overall strategic direction and core concept.

‘The OJEU released is seeking a full team to deliver the design and interpretation for the Battle of Britain Beacon.’ 

He added: ‘The RAF intends the work that has been done developing the core concept can be developed and enhanced and is seeking world class skills to do this. This is not an OJEU seeking an executive architect and exhibition designer to work up a design that is already established.’  

Malcolm Reading Consultants
45-46 Berners Street
Attention: William Lamport
W1T 3NE
London
Tel. +44 2076372502

E-mail: william.lamport@malcolmreading.co.uk

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Feilden Clegg Bradley unveils Battle of Britain monument

A twisted beacon taller than the Houses of Parliament could be created to remember the sacrifices made during the Battle of Britain

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), the 116m- tall landmark building is planned for The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, north west London, and would be almost 10m taller than the famous clock tower at the Palace of Westminster.

The building, provisionally called the Battle of Britain Beacon, would be visible from the centre of London and will house a permanent exhibition about the Battle of Britain if construction goes ahead.

The Royal Air Force Museum is currently marking the 70th anniversary of the air campaign and announced its vision for the future at a fundraising dinner last night.

Development director Keith Ifould said the project would cost an estimated £80 million secured through private funding and there are several interested parties.

The distinctive design has also been well received, he said.

‘We have had an amazingly positive response to it. Lots of people are saying ‘this must be built’.

It is hoped the building would allow wider public access and ensure that the museum’s unique collection of Battle of Britain aircraft, memorabilia and archives is preserved for future generations.

The museum is consulting on its plans and hopes to complete the project within the lifetime of some of the surviving veterans of the Battle.

FCBS has previously worked with the RAF on the National Cold War Exhibition Museum at RAF Cosford, Shropshire.

Postscript

Managing partner Julian Gitsham of FCBS said: ‘Through our design we have tried to challenge conventional thinking in creating a virtual experience of being high up in the air with the planes and evoking the feeling of wind, light, sound and emotion. We want the design to communicate and portray the courage and bravery of all those involved in this defining moment in history to the extent that it deserves.’

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