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Battle of Britain visitor centre taking shape

Steels being erected for a 'wing' at the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

A milestone in the construction of a new visitor centre at the Battle of Britain memorial near Folkestone is about to be reached.

The 3.5 million pound visitor centre at Capel le Ferne will honour pilots from the famous battle fought in the skies over Kent.

The new building replicates the shape of a spitfire wing Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

Now a steel framework that will recreate the shape of R J Mitchell’s iconic Spitfire wing – including its distinctive upward slope - is being put in place to create a spectacular building with a first floor balcony area offering views across The Channel.

The building should be finished towards the end of this summer, and visitors to the annual Memorial Day on Sunday 6 July will have The Wing as a dramatic new backdrop.

Police hunt for driver after car found on its roof

Police are hunting for the driver of a car which was found on its roof in Kent. Police were called to Dover Hill in Capel-le-Ferne just after 9:30pm last night.

A police helicopter was also called in to help search for the driver of the Saab Vector.

It's believed the driver left the scene and police say inquiries are on-going to locate the driver.

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New pictures of memorial visitor centre

An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has released new images of what the new visitor centre at Capel-Le-Ferne will look like.

An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

Honouring ''The Few'' with education centre

An ambitious plan to create a £2.8 million education centre at the national Battle of Britain Memorial in Kent is reaching a key stage. Fundraisers have secured half the cost already and the project is about to go out to tender.

We speak to Bob Foster - one of The Few - and Patrick Tootal from the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, and visit the site at Capel-le-Ferne by the iconic white cliffs.

New images of memorial visitor centre

An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has released new images of what the new visitor centre at Capel-Le-Ferne will look like.

An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
An artist's impression of the new visitor centre Credit: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust

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Design to be 'sympathetic' to surroundings

We were asked to design a building that would not dominate this tranquil site but would complement it and provide space for a visitor experience and learning facilities.

"We came up with the idea of using the two halves of the Spitfire wing to house the different elements and were delighted with the Trust's enthusiastic response to the plans.

– Nick Lawn, designer