“The Wing” is situated on the top of the White Cliffs in Kent, between Dover & Folkestone and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in March 2015. The Wing is the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s building at the Capel-le-Ferne site of the National Memorial to the Few and includes The Scramble Experience. This award winning building design was led by Nick Lawn from Gooden Allen Lawn Architects of Folkestone and the unique design is intended to remind visitors of World War Two’s most Iconic aircraft, The Spitfire, complete with its famous uplift.
The Wing’s Scramble Experience is a hands-on attraction that allows visitors to learn more about what it was like for those soldiers affectionately known as “Churchill’s Few” during the summer and Autumn of 1940. A central ‘cockpit’ area with an open balcony offers superb views across the Channel to France, from where the Luftwaffe would have appeared in 1940. A special piece of technology will allow visitors to look through binoculars at the view as it is today and then ‘see’ incoming German aircraft approaching.
John Planck Ltd was approached to propose the ironmongery for the Architects with the requirements for robustness and suitable materials for the coastal environment. The schedule was duly produced utilising products from our Fusion range of grade 316 stainless steel. Furthermore, given the nature of the project and it being funded by The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust charity, we decided, with the support of door closer manufacturer Geze, to donate all the Ironmongery for the internal doors that we had scheduled. We hope it will be a reminder to everybody for many years to come of the sacrifices made by the “Few” for our country during the War.
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