Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre wins SPACES Awards 2019

Teresa Osgood
The Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre, for which Faithful+Gould’s Oxford office provided project management and cost management services, has won the SPACES Small Building Award and Runner up in the Civic Building of the Year Category 2019. 

This follows on from winning the RICS South East Regional Award for Tourism and Leisure in May this year.

The SPACES Annual Awards and President’s Dinner, which took place at the Pentahotel in Reading last night, saw 35 shortlisted publicly funded projects compete for the Civic Building of the Year and SPACES Awards.

The winning projects were judged on several elements including collaboration, community benefits and excellence in engineering. The shortlisted projects will also feature in the SPACES yearbook which is distributed to key public sector organisations throughout the UK.

The 2,000m2 Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre teaches visitors about the key moments in history that shaped Britain’s air defence and in turn led to the construction of the original bunker. Visitors can find out first-hand about the lives of the people that worked in the bunker during the 1940s and see real artefacts used by the RAF.

Other facilities also include a 95 seat lecture theatre, library, workshops, offices and café/gift shop.

The Visitor Centre has been designed and built to sustain the ongoing viability of the original bunker site as a heritage asset and enhance the experience of a significant historic site.

The bunker in Uxbridge had been visited by Winston Churchill on several occasions and after one of these visits he uttered the now immortal words “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few”.

Jenny Beilby, Regional Director and Oxford office lead for SNC-Lavalin’s Faithful+Gould business said: “We were delighted to have been involved in this visually stunning project where our multi disciplinary team worked collaboratively to successfully deliver the scheme. The Battle of Britain Visitor Centre is a showcase project and highlights the fantastic facilities that are being developed and delivered in the public sector”   

For more information about the project click here.

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