Remembrance Centre

The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

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The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Staffordshire, 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 Arboretum forms part of the National Forest, with 30,000 maturing trees and over 330 memorials.

The new £15.7m Remembrance Centre provides a gateway into the 60 hectare site and is also home to exhibition and interpretation spaces, retail space, a restaurant, a café and a learning centre.

Reception area
Exhibition space
Concept model

The building engages materially with its environment, chiming with the existing structures that define the NMA and harnessing a soft material concept of larch timber and natural stone.


A prominent rotunda, housing an immersive film experience, is a deliberate punctuation of the unifying four metre grid applied throughout the building. The interiors, also by GHA, respond to the architectural language of the new building and the surrounding landscape, with natural materials, textures and colours employed throughout.

“Opening the doors of our new Remembrance Centre to the public marks the culmination of years of hard work and it is fantastic to see our compelling vision become a reality. We look forward to welcoming the many thousands of visitors that we are now capable of accommodating, thanks to the new facilities.”

Lt Col David Whimpenny, Chairman, National Memorial Arboretum Board

The centre piece of the project is a new public space known as Heroes’ Square. The landscape designed by Fira, sweeps gently to the level of Millennium Avenue visually and physically connecting the building to the wider Arboretum.

Entrance view
Interpretation drum
Interpretation drum section


RIBA Awards 2017
National Award
RIBA West Midlands Awards 2017
Building of the Year
Regional Award
RICS Awards 2017
UK Project of the Year
Leisure & Tourism Award
RICS Awards, West Midlands 2017
Community Benefit Award
Leisure & Tourism Award
British Construction Industry Awards 2017
Natural & Cultural Heritage Award