The Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge and its visitor centre have won a top national award from the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES).
The ceremony took place on October 17th with judges impressed by the combination of grade one listed buildings alongside a modern visitor centre inspired by high tech fighter aircraft.
The council-owned building won the Best Public Service Building accolade at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards (London region) on Friday 11 May 2018
A statement from London borough of Hillingdon said: “The visitor centre was constructed following a £6 million investment from the 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, told HAREFIELD RADIO: “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.”
The bunker has a lot of great reviews and a lot to offer. The site is open from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is free for Hillingdon residents attending with a HillingdonFirst card, under-18s and Defence Discount Service cardholders. The site is located in Wren Avenue, Uxbridge, UB10 0RN.
For further details visit the website by clicking here.