High performance Polished Florentine® concrete blocks from Forticrete have been specified for the construction of The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new multi-million pound exhibition and visitor centre, The Wing, at Capel-le-Ferne, on the famous white cliffs between Dover and Folkestone, Kent.
Built to resemble a Spitfire wing, complete with its famous uplift, the stunning Wing building houses The Scramble Experience, a hands-on exhibition that uses audio-visual effects and video to educate visitors about the events of the Battle of Britain in 1940. The Wing also comprises learning and study facilities.
Contractor, EPPS Construction, specified Forticrete's Polished Florentine® concrete blocks to create broad expanses of reflective, decorative walling, creating a spectacular finish to the external facade of the new exhibition and visitor centre.
Gary Brown at EPPS Construction, commented: "After initially considering rainscreen cladding for the development, we decided that polished architectural masonry blocks would work better given the scale of the build. We wanted a solution that was not only durable and low maintenance, but one that that was capable of making a visual impact on the area and providing a high quality finish – Forticrete’s architectural masonry certainly didn’t disappoint.
"Having specified Forticrete products for previous projects with considerable success, we had little hesitation in doing so once again and given the finish achieved at The Wing, we will be more than happy to do so again in the future."
John Lambert, general manager at Forticrete, commented: "We are delighted and honoured to be part of a project of such significance as The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new Wing building."
Forticrete's offering of a wide range of decorative concrete facing blocks, is an aesthetically effective alternative to the internal or the external leaf of a cavity construction, which creates clean, maintenance free surfaces with either bold uniformity or a variety of colour and bond patterns to brighten even the most functional of environments.
For more information on Forticrete's range of Architectural Masonry products, visit www.Forticrete.co.uk