Visitor Centre Experience: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Created in 1917 by Royal Charter, The CWGC commemorates the 1.7million service men and woman, who lost their lives during the two world wars. As the CWGC enters its second century, emphasis on the education and information being provided to visitors is pivotal in preserving the memory of the fallen. To support this The CWGC intended to build a visitors centre called the CWGC and appointed the Hub to complete the works for the design, supply and installation of interpretation for the Visitors Centre Experience.
The Hub collaborated with, appointed and managed a number of specialist sub-contractors to carry out various specialist works. Including the production of benches for around the grounds of the CWGC Experience, that had been beautifully hand crafted by the on-site artisanal craftsmen, who use the same techniques when building gravestones. Paired alongside the specialist metal work, graphics and lighting and hand painted murals, the CWGC Experience site featured the work of a number of highly skilled craftsmen and sub-contractors alike.
With this project, an exciting opportunity arose to work with a new material that The Hub has not previously worked with before. Richlite, paper composite panels albeit challenging at first, proved to be a successful choice and due to its unique production technique of WE™ (Waste-to-Energy) technology is a sustainable option for future projects.
Managing the site, staff and production of this project from another country, at times proved challenging, with language barriers and cultural differences occasionally impacting the progression of the project. However, every member of the team joined together and overcame any issues, including translating all graphics and programming between the English to French language. With the project being undertaken, in a different country to the production, caution was necessary when planning and accounting for the three day delivery of items meaning working to a strict deadline was pivotal to the smooth running of the project.
The CWGC visitors centre experience, will provide visitors with a unique and personal insight into the exceptional work being undertaken by the organisation and recognising the hard work and dedication of the members that goes into maintaining some of the most recognisable monuments and memorials for the battlefields of the western frontPhoto Credit ©