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Remembrance Centre longlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

Information and exhibition hub at National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire will battle 48 other projects for one of the most prestigious prizes in architecture

Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire(Image: Rob Parrish)

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum is in with a chance of winning the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture.

The £15.7 million building in Alrewas, Staffordshire, was the only West Midlands project named among 49 national award winners by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

It is now on the longlist for the annual Stirling Prize which recognises buildings of exceptional architectural merit, having been named a regional RIBA Award winner and also overall West Midlands Building of the Year for 2017 in May.

The Remembrance Centre opened in October and provides information, films and exhibitions on remembrance and the National Memorial Arboretum.

It was designed by Birmingham practice Glenn Howells Architects.

Mr Howells said: "We are delighted that the Remembrance Centre has been recognised with such an important award.

"We have been working with the client for over eight years and this has been one of the most significant and challenging buildings we have designed.

"This remains a key project for us as we are now poised to start construction of a new events pavilion that will become the social focus of the National Memorial Arboretum."

The judges' citation said: "A strong sense of anticipation precedes some projects just because of their very special nature and the Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum does not disappoint.

"A well-proportioned, neo-classical façade projects the appropriate level of gravitas associated with a building of such importance.

"The building rises to the challenge of unifying an existing chapel, a former visitor centre and external spaces and gardens. It addresses the Armed Forces Memorial in a powerful way."

Among the other projects listed for the 2017 Stirling Prize are Hastings Pier, Liverpool Philharmonic and the home of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard.

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