New visitor centre celebrated

The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre won the Best Small Building trophy at the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES) awards.

The visitor centre was also named runner up in the overall national Civic Building of the Year category at the awards, which are for public sector organisations. Judges were impressed by the modern architecture and quality of the new building, which sits alongside the iconic Grade 1 listed bunker

The visitor centre was built following a £6 million investment from Hillingdon council to preserve and complement the original 1939 bunker. The new building’s design was modelled on the appearance of a high-tech fighter aircraft. The bunker and state-of-the-art visitor centre provide an education and exhibition space where residents and visitors can learn about the crucial role the bunker played in the air defence of the United Kingdom throughout the Second World War. The bunker was vital in directing RAF operations and was visited by both Winston Churchill and King George VI in 1940.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Central Services, Culture and Heritage, said: “We are delighted that the Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre has been honoured with a SPACES award. It is wonderful that the judges recognised this amazing museum and heritage site, which has attracted more than 35,000 visitors since its official opening in 2018 and which provides a great interactive experience for everyone.”

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