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War memorial creation calls for Frami panel system

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

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.

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102ft

Memorial Spire – the UK’s tallest war memorial

1m

the number of people who served or supported Bomber Command in WWII

16ft

the width of the base, formed using Frami

Overview

Creation of a Memorial Spire and Walls of Remembrance to commemorate those who served in Bomber Command during WWII
Our Frami Panel System was used to create the concrete base to support the 102ft memorial spire

Products used on this project

The challenge

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.

Our Solution

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.

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