When the Armed Forces Memorial was added to the NMA, annual visitor numbers jumped from 60,000 to 300,000, putting the original buildings under extreme pressure.
NBW were brought in to provide a masterplan for the expansion of the buildings.
Drawing on experience from similar vistor attractions NBW evolved a process of co-ordinating the available data and sizing the facilities needed. Working closely with the NMA team, the ideas were developed and integrated into a masterplan for the site by landscape architects Fira.
These ideas were presented to key stakeholders and were refined into the masterplan document and the final presentation. At the appeal launch, this presentation was given by NBW to the appeal committee, to a party of local opinion formers and eventually to the patron of the appeal, Prince William.
The eventual building followed the masterplan recommendations closely and is a skillful blend of old and new by Glen Howells Architects, set in a superb landscape designed by Fira.
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