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Rising star Hancock to design 40m-high Spitfire memorial

Nick Hancock Design Studio has won a competition to design a £2 million memorial to the Spitfire aeroplane and its designer in Southampton

The design was chosen from over 300 entries and features a scale replica of the spitfire emerging from a ‘tapering helical mast.’

The mast uses a simple, robust cantilever solution, which is restrained in the ground by piled foundations.

Both plane and mast are constructed using the semi-monocoque structural system originally developed for the Spitfire’s fuselage.

The project aims to rival Gateshead’s Angel of the North. It will be completed next year in time to celebrate the 75th year since the iconic plane’s test flight.

Australian-born Hancock worked for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, before establishing his own studio in Primrose Hill in 2008.

Previous proposals for the aviation history memorial include a 135 metre-tall Spitfire wing by Avery Associates.

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