Battle of Britain Visitor Centre, Uxbridge
Hillingdon Council is investing nearly £6 million towards creating a new high-tech visitor and exhibition centre adjacent to the bunker which is due to be completed in Spring 2018. They appointed Architects Pattern Design and Landscape designer Gillespies to produce the modern design.
The Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge played a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom in its darkest hour in 1940. It housed the Fighter Command No.11 Group Operations Room throughout the Second World War and played a major contribution to the war effort. Winston Churchill visited the bunker on the 15th September 1940, less than a month after making the famous speech “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few 16th August 1940”
The Landscape Architect Gillespies, have kept to the same design brief as Pattern Design, by mimicking the sharp crisp lines and colours of the modern building design, and this is reflected in their choice of street furniture.
The products used being the Urbastyle Paperboat litter bins and bollards/seats, in Anthracite with a micro etched finish. As can be seen from the detail drawing of the Paperboat Litter bin, the shape and profile are very similar to the overall building shape and are a great addition to the finished Landscape.
The building is still undergoing internal fit out but will be open to the public in Spring 2018, I’m sure that this will become a great visitor attraction for Hillingdon Council.
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Points of Interest
- Client: London Borough of Hillingdon
- Landscape: Gillespies
- Contractor: Volker Fitzpatrick
- Supplier: Bomax
- Material: Urbastyle Paperboat litter bins and bollards