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.