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The Bomber Command Memorial, London

FM Conway

Project details:
The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park in central London commemorates the sacrifice of the 55,573 aircrew of RAF Bomber Command (from Britain, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Poland and other countries of the Commonwealth) who lost their lives in World War II, as well as civilians of all nations killed during raids. The impressive memorial, designed by architect Liam O’Connor in a modern classical style and featuring a central sculpture of seven Bomber Command aircrew, was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee. Located on the northern boundary of Green Park, the memorial has dual aspects, facing into the park and also onto the heavily trafficked Piccadilly red route near to the Hyde Park Corner underpass. Several TfL and tourist bus stops are also located alongside the memorial, necessitating kerbside bollards for effective vehicular and pedestrian segregation.

As part of recent paving improvement works the bollards have been upgraded to high security versions, but these plain steel sections alone would be out of keeping with the memorial. The ideal solution here was to cover the steel cores with decorative outer sleeves, designed to complement the Doric-style fluted columns on the memorial. Furnitubes developed a 3d digital model of the bollard sleeve, from which a new pattern was created to cast the 30 or so sleeves in aluminum, which is a light enough material to make lifting and fitment over the steel posts not too difficult, and with the benefit of having an appearance (after painting) very similar to other traditional cast iron products in the locality.

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