The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum has been awarded an RIBA National Award. It is the only project in the West Midlands region to have been honoured and is now on the long-list for the Stirling Prize – the most prestigious architecture award in the UK.
The judges commented: “The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way. A well-proportioned, Neoclassical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance. It separates the building from the car park and creates a strong sense of movement from light to dark – to a space filled with memories.
Filled with light and air, the internal spaces flow freely as a counterpoise to the structure’s regularity. The project leaves an imposing but not intimidating impression. Every member of the judging panel was visibly moved.”
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance. With over 30,000 maturing trees and over 330 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute and a place of reflection and the celebration of life. GHA’s new Remembrance Centre has transformed the site into a place of global significance. The project is home to exhibition and interpretation spaces, retail space, a restaurant, a café and a learning centre.