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Baca and craft:pegg reveal latest plans for huge Dover war memorial


Proposals have been revealed by Baca Architects for a new memorial in Dover naming all 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in both world wars

Expected to cost between £20 million and £30 million, the competition-winning scheme features 12 large, white granite walls and has been drawn up with project lead WSP and landscape and architecture practice craft:pegg.

The Commonwealth War Memorial has been earmarked for the Grand Shaft Barracks site which has been largely abandoned for several decades.

According to Dover District Council, which is backing the plan and has just put the proposals out for public consultation, the hillside plot has been identified because it ’is unsuitable for standard commercial development due to its historic significance, its inaccessible topography and its visual sensitivity’.

The scheme includes interpretation, education and refreshment facilities housed in a dedicated visitors centre.

The local authority is hoping to attract an independent trust which will deliver and manage the memorial during the construction and operation.

The concept for the memorial is being developed using LIBOR funding which is awarded by central government to promote activities to support and honour armed forces veterans.

Subject to planning, work could start on site next year. The council has ’an aspiration to open the memorial during 2022’, the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 


Readers' comments (4)

  • Not another bloody war memorial for another forgotten army? Thankfully we didn’t have to go through what our Parents and Grandparents went through, and it was even worse for those on the other side of of La Manche? Friend or Foe.

    A waste of time and treasure. Get over it, and think of the future, as we will never forget all that, in a quiet way?

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  • This looks suspiciously like the same Memorial for the SAME site previously unveiled by Craft:Pegg in 2012, 2016 and once again again this year..... Seems like BACA's press release is over stating their part?

    I also note that this is a "competition winning" scheme, but it does not state which competition?

    Us Architects always get in a huff about all things that protect our title, or if we are not correctly credited for our work. I would suggest Craft:Pegg is extended this courtesy by BACA and I would imagine a correction of the facts would also be appropriate?

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  • This is the same project that craft:pegg designed and presented in 2012, 2016 and earlier this year. What is Baca Architects doing in this article as the designers? As far as I understand they were appointed to do a waterfront master-plan for Dover earlier this year. Something which shouldn't give them authorship over any and all projects designed in the town years before they became involved with the planning department. This is either a laughable mistake in the article, or a serious attempt at plagiarising.

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  • Remarkably similar to earlier schemes by Craft Pegg. What have Baca contributed here? Perhaps some floating elements? Ballcocks?

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