Recruited to help £12 million transformation of National Memorial Arboretum

Date: 14 June 2012

Turner & Townsend has been appointed on the first stage of the transformation of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, acting as cost managers on the £12 million project.

Part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, the Arboretum is set in a landscape of 150 acres, with 50,000 maturing trees and more than 200 memorials. It currently welcomes in the region of 300,000 visitors a year from all walks of life.

The redevelopment project aims to greatly improve the visitor experience, and dramatically increase the number of people who can visit, from 2000 to as many as 6000 per day.

The existing visitor centre will be replaced with a substantial facility incorporating a Remembrance Centre, Education Centre and an Interpretation area that will present the importance and meaning of Remembrance.

There will be improved catering facilities and two new focal points for visitors – an Armed Forces Pavilion to accommodate many of the more than 200 events and conferences that take place every year, and Heroes’ Square, a partially covered outdoor space for major set-piece events. The first ground will be broken early next year, and the project is due to be completed in September 2014.

While the National Memorial Arboretum does not charge for admission, the aim is for the improved visitor centre to generate enough revenue for the site to become self-financing.

The £12 million redevelopment campaign, of which The Duke of Cambridge is Patron, is now half way to its target, thanks to the generous donations and pledges received to date. Turner & Townsend’s role will be to ensure that the money is spent as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Rod Moulder, project director at Turner & Townsend, commented: “With so much public and charity money at stake in an iconic national monument, it is essential that every penny is used wisely.

“It’s both an honour and a responsibility for Turner & Townsend to be asked to cost manage such a symbolic project.

“We have extensive experience of working on high profile public projects like this, and will be using all our skill and expertise to ensure that a clear budget is set, and kept to.

“Our insight will help in making the right decisions and ensuring that the Legion, and the nation, get the project they deserve.”

Charlie Bagot-Jewitt, Chief Executive of the National Memorial Arboretum, added: “Turner & Townsend is providing a rigorous and effective cost framework for the project. It is already delivering its product, both imparting good news and challenging us, with great clarity and good humour!”

 

ENDS

For further information contact:
Rodney Moulder, Director
t: +44 (0) 121 262 1100
e: rodney.moulder@turntown.com

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