National Memorial Arboretum’s new centre reaches construction milestone

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The £15.7 million Remembrance Centre at Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum has reached a construction milestone.

A 50-tonne crane has lifted the structural frame for an eight metre rotunda – considered one of the most distinctive features of the new build.

The project team has reached a huge milestone in its 50-week construction programme with the completion of the laminated timber and steel frame.

Construction firm Stepnell has liaised with the Arboretum team to ensure the area remains open throughout the development.

Stepnell project manager John Neil said: “It is extremely satisfying and exciting to have completed the challenging operation.

“With the structure now in place, this inspiring building which will deliver modern, high-quality facilities for the Arboretum’s increasing number of visitors, is really taking shape.”

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre for Remembrance, honouring the fallen while recognising service and sacrifice.

It is based in Alrewas, Staffordshire, and is also part of The Royal British Legion.

The new building is planned to include an audio visual theatre space, an interpretation exhibition, retail spaces and a large restaurant.

Following the completion of the transformed facilities, annual visitor numbers are expected to rise from 300,000 annually to around 500,000 and is on schedule for a summer completion.

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