Rilmac appointed to build £75k Lincoln Tank Memorial

Lincoln-based Rilmac Fabrication has been contracted to manufacture the £75,000 Lincoln Tank Memorial, which will be revealed on May 10.

The company, which specialises in asbestos, insulation and scaffolding markets, will create the life-sized model of a Mark I tank on the Tritton Road roundabout, near to the University of Lincoln.

Managed by the Lincoln Tank Memorial Group, the structure will sit close to the site of William Foster and Co’s factory where the first tank came off the production line in 1916.

The project has also been given a boost by Chancellor George Osborne, who pledged £15,000 of support towards its construction during a visit to Lincoln on February 12.

The memorial will be in the form of a partly constructed tank; it will have no guns as no production tank ever fired a shot in Lincoln, and the male and female figures standing around the tank will be dressed in their work wear with spanners and paintbrushes in their hands.

The memorial will also include the figures of Tritton, Rigby and Wilson, who were the designers, developers and manufacturers of the tank.

Rilmac, who have a long history of engineering in the heart of the city, were selected to manufacture the memorial after a competitive tendering process.

Alan Wilds, Managing Director of Rilmac Fabrication said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this project that recognizes the rich tradition of engineering that exists in Lincoln.

“It is key that we appreciate our heritage and the efforts made by the people of Lincoln in the past and how they underpin the continued engineering excellence offered by companies such as ourselves within the city.”