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Three firms vie for Lincoln Bomber Command memorial

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Feilden Clegg Bradley, Bristol-based Walter Jack Studio and Place from Lincoln are competing to design a new Bomber Command memorial in Lincolnshire

Planned to open in May 2015, the installation and visitor centre will honour the 25,000 locally-based airmen who died in World War II bombing raids.

The project is backed by Tony Worth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, whose father served in Bomber Command.

The winning proposal, to be built on Canwick Hill overlooking Lincoln Cathedral, is expected to have ‘international appeal’ and ability to reach ‘future generations going forward,’ said a project spokeswomen. A fundraising appeal will be launched in May.

Feilden Clegg Bradley has proposed a large glass lens inscribed with the names of lost bomber crewmen while Place has mooted a 35 metre-tall steel sculpture inspired by searchlight beams.

Walter Jack’s vision meanwhile features a 50-metre Cor-ten spire which will be internally lit and feature names of the dead.

Schemes will be judged 60 per cent on public vote, 20 per cent on costs, 10 per cent on sustainability and 10 per cent on long-term financial strategy. A winning design is expected to be chosen early next month.

Liam O’Connor’s £6 million Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London was officially opened by the Queen last summer.

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