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Remembering with Wood

Remembering with Wood

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire is winner of the Large Visitor Attraction category in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2018. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects (GHA), this stunning building is the UKís year-round centre of Remembrance - a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice and fosters pride in the UK.

The building engages materially with its environment and harnesses a soft material concept of larch timber and natural stone. Internally this is complemented by the installation of 1000sqm of Troldtekt wood wool acoustic ceiling panels.

The £15.7m Remembrance Centre provides a gateway into the 150-acre site and is also home to exhibition and interpretation spaces, retail space, a restaurant, a cafť and a learning centre. It sits within the National Forest area, with 30,000 maturing trees and over 350 memorials. The interiors, also by GHA, respond to the architectural language of the new building and the surrounding landscape with a sensitive selection of natural materials, textures and colours. This includes exposed timber structural elements interspersed by the coarse texture and grey coloured acoustic tiles which do so much to create an atmosphere of quiet and remembrance.

This project is typical of the European wide specification of Troldtektís panels - available in various sizes and in four grades from extreme fine to coarse. They are specified to improve acoustics in public and busy buildings which need to benefit from high sound absorption. The wood wool panels feature high durability, natural breathability and low-cost life cycle performance. They are Cradle to Cradle certified at silver level and can be left untreated or painted in virtually any RAL colour.

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