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Glenn Howells wins scheme to rework Armed Forces arboretum

[FIRST LOOK] Glenn Howells Architects has been chosen to oversee the £8 million remodelling of the The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Alrewas in Staffordshire

The redevelopment of the 61ha site, built in 1997 to commemorate soldiers who died serving their country, will include a new Armed Forces Pavilion, Heroes Square, Exhibition Space and Education Centre.

As well as upgrading the shopping, catering and office facilities, the practice will also redesign the surrounding landscape ‘to unite the existing and new buildings’.

Factfile: National Memorial Arboretum

The centrally-located National Memorial Arboretum, home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial, comprises 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to the theme of remembrance. It is free to enter and situated near Lichfield and within the National Forest in Staffordshire.

The Arboretum, which has seen the planting of 50,000 trees and is home to 160 memorials, was established in 1997 on former sand and gravel workings restored by Lafarge and leased to the Arboretum on a peppercorn rent. It is part of The Royal British Legion family and receives assistance from the Ministry of Defence.

The Arboretum is home to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, the nation’s tribute to the 16,000 Service Personnel who have died on duty, or as a result of terrorism, since shortly after the end of the Second World War. In Spring 2010 it is also set to become home to the Basra Wall, which is being re-erected currently following the drawdown of Armed Forces from Iraq earlier this year. 

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