The Battle of Britain National Memorial in Capel-le-Ferne is dedicated to Churchill’s famous “Few” who fought in the skies overhead to keep this country free from invasion. ‘The Wing’ Visitor Centre, is an eye-catching design in the shape of a Spitfire wing, complete with dihedral angle to provide educational and visitor facilities. The Wing is not a museum but an experience, using high-tech effects, video walls and other special techniques, carefully designed to immerse visitors in the experiences of those who fought during the Battle of Britain.
Alongside architects Godden Allen Lawn, our multi-discipline team of engineers were appointed to undertake the building design. Completed ahead of schedule the building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 26 March 2015 and the project won ‘Project of the Year’ at the 2016 Kent Design and Development Awards.
Conceived as an experience rather than a museum, ‘The Wing’ includes a learning area to help fulfil the task of educating the next generation. A central ‘cockpit’ area with an open balcony offers superb views across the Channel to France, from where the Luftwaffe would have appeared in 1940, a high-tech screen is used to superimpose historical film of incoming German aircraft over the real view of the same scene.