Battle bunker wins prize
by Natalie Vincent Wed 11 July 2018, 11:47 am
Hillingdon Council's Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge has won an award for its £6 million exhibition and visitor centre.
Opened in March 2018, the building won the Best Public Service Building prize at the Local Authority Building Control Awards (London region) on 11 May, and will now go forward for the national final, to be held this November.
The council's building control team won the accolade for its site inspections of the scheme, ensuring the project met the relevant regulations, and for working alongside Hillingdon's capital programme team, which managed the build along with consultants Faithful & Gould, Pattern Architects and contractor VolkerFitzpatrick.
Judges were impressed with the new steel-framed building and its "interesting shape", adding that "it pays fitting tribute to the RAF on its 100th anniversary".
The council secured £1 million in government funding to carry out essential repairs to the original bunker, which played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain in 1940, and also invested £6 million in the visitor centre, to recognise the borough's wartime heritage.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Ray Puddifoot, said: "The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre is an amazing building in both design and content, and it has been a real achievement to see it open in just two years after taking over responsibility for it from the Ministry of Defence.
"We wanted to ensure this national heritage site remains open for generations to come to visit and learn about the bunker's pivotal role in the Second World War. Judging from the comments we've received so far, it's proving popular with residents and visitors alike."