Glenn Howells Architects has finally won planning for the £12 million remodelling of The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, near Lichfield in Staffordshire
Working with engineers Techniker, the practice landed the project – which originally had a budget of £8 million – three years ago (AJ 27.11.09) ahead of finalists Austin-Smith:Lord and original site concept masterplanner Nichols Brown Webber. A new Centre for Remembrance will house an education centre, exhibition space, ‘functions pavilion’ and a large restaurant with views over the gardens and Heroes’ Square – an area for ‘major set-piece events with a stone canopy, open on all four sides’.
A fundraising appeal has already been launched for the ‘substantial, yet sensitive’ scheme, which will replace an existing visitor centre.
Glenn Howells director Dav Bansal said: ‘The proposals will transform the arboretum, bringing the landscape, buildings, interpretation, catering and retail into a scheme that has dignity, longevity and gravitas.’
The project, which is being designed in collaboration with Birmingham-based landscape architect Fira, is due to complete by the end of 2014.