Australian War Memorial

London

calfordseaden’s architects acted as the UK representative for the Australian Government on the delivery of a memorial in London, commemorating the sacrifices of the Australian Armed Forces during the two World Wars.

Initially our role was a political one involving option studies for potential sites and negotiating the acceptance of our proposal by the relevant authorities, who were increasingly hostile to the profusion of memorials in Central London.

We led a design competition to select sculptors, water feature designers and Australian design architects and followed on as Executive Architect obtaining planning permission and detailing and managing the construction phase.

Our responsibilities included managing the interface between the design team, construction organisations in the UK and Australia and the many statutory authorities to ensure that the memorial was delivered in time for the unveiling on Australia Day.

At the client’s request, we continued our close involvement with the memorial and the management of on-going and additional works, setting up and monitoring maintenance contracts and assisting with high level visits.

They also commissioned us to oversee the reinstatement of their World War I memorial at Le Hamel in the Somme region of France.