The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. The Memorial Spire and Walls of Remembrance is a memorial for the thousands of crewmen who served in Bomber Command during World War Two.
The Memorial Spire was designed by Stephen Palmer of Place Architects and is now the UK’s tallest war memorial. The Walls of Remembrance record the names of the 55, 573 men who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command.
Memorial Spire – the UK’s tallest war memorial
the number of people who served or supported Bomber Command in WWII
the width of the base, formed using Frami
The Memorial Spire is 102ft (31.09m) tall – the wingspan of the Avro Lancaster and the width at the base is 16ft (5m), and the overall width of a Lancaster wing. The main challenge was the accurate placing and support of the bolt sets for fixing the Spire. Had this been incorrect, the Spire would not have been able to be attached to the base.
The 31 metre high weathering steel spire, located on a hilltop overlooking Lincoln, is secured to the ground by a concrete base and can be seen for miles around. We were asked to supply a solution to create the base of the memorial. Lindum used our Frami panel system, to form an 8.25 metres square and 1.3 metres high ‘mould’ in which to pour the concrete for the base. The Spire represents the first phase of the construction of the International Bomber Command Centre - a lasting legacy to the 1 million people who served or supported bomber command in world war two. We worked very closely with Lindum in order to meet all of the clients’ criteria. Together we ensured that the most cost-effective, practical and safe design was supplied.
The accurate positioning of the holding down bolt assembly was crucial to this project. This was the reason Lindum chose to use robust and stable equipment supplied by Mabey Hire, who also provided vital support for the temporary works design.
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