Lincoln Bomber Command Memorial £3m designs submitted

Lincoln architects have submitted a preliminary planning application for the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Park.

As previously reported, initial plans near Canwick Hill proposed a memorial and learning centre to pay homage to all those involved in Bomber Command.

The Spire of Names, designed by Walter Jack in conjunction with Atkins, was chosen by trustees as the winning design from the three up for consultation.

Architectural practice Place Architecture submitted the £3 million application, with a view to starting construction in June 2014 and opening the centre and memorial in May 2015.

The full planning application is expected to be submitted in early March 2014.

Stephen Palmer, Director of Lincolnshire based RIBA Chartered Practice, said: “We are very proud to have been asked by the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust to lead the planning process and to design the Memorial Park and Interpretation Centre.

“The new designs for the interpretation centre represent a Lancaster Bomber with the wings profiled and the two main sections of the building representing the undercarriage.

“The fully-glazed building will hold regular exhibitions, a shop and a library. At one end, the space is set out as a lecture theatre and the other end will feature the restaurant and cafe.”

The gallery is said to be an important space on the site with space for concentrated learning, database on aircrew and a media room.

At this stage, entry to the park and memorial are hoped to be free with added charges for exhibitions.