Construction work on the National Memorial Arboretum’s new £15.7m Remembrance Centre officially reached the half-way mark this week, when the highest stone to clad the roof was put in place during the topping out ceremony. The NMA is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The new centre will educate, inform and inspire up to 500,000 visitors, once it opens in autumn this year.
The ceremony was performed by Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum (left); Lt Col David Whimpenny, Chairman of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) Board (centre) and Major General Patrick Cordingley, Chair of the NMA Appeal Council (right).
Sarah Montgomery said: “We were extremely proud to perform the topping out ceremony. We have now reached the midway point in this project and the building work is continuing apace. We look forward to seeing the rest of the development take shape in the coming months ahead of our official opening.”