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Wednesday 26th February 2014

American Cemetery, Cambridge

Continually looking for developments and projects to push boundaries, B J Waller has recently been involved in the build of a new Visitor Centre, Facilities Building and Interpretive Centre at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Madingley.

Working alongside the project’s lead architects, Bland Brown and Cole, who were appointed by the American Battle Monuments Commission following a competition in 2010, the project has lead to the creation of the new Centre which will house a permanent interactive exhibit covering the history of North Atlantic campaign and strategic air operations in northwest Europe during World War II. 

Set within the woodland landscape to the southwest corner of the site, close, but separated from the historic section of the Cemetery by a pedestrian boardwalk, the Visitor Centre is set to open in spring 2014, following two years of construction.

The project has also created a new entrance court to the Cemetery, centred between the existing visitor building and a new proposed facilities building. The twin gatehouses will reinforce the main Cemetery entrance from the Madingley Road.

Offering ironmongery services for the Visitor Centre, Facilities Building and Interpretive Centre, B J Waller was able to supply Simonvoss Smart Handles, Dorma TS93 Cam Action Door Closers, Royde and Tucker H207 Concealed Bearing Hinges and many more products to ensure the project received the high quality finish and security features needed.

As the site is designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 park and garden, a high degree of landscape co-ordination has taken place in developing the proposals.  Landscape architects Robert Myers Associates and arboriculturalist David Brown Landscape Design have both worked closely with BB+C in developing the proposals now approved by English Heritage, the American Commission of Fine Arts and local planning authority, South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Continuing to stand proud as the only American Second World War cemetery in Britain, the site, which was formally dedicated in January 1956, following the gift of the land by the University of Cambridge, B J Waller was privileged to have been involved. 


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