An artist's impression of the new building

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A new development at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas has been given the green light. The events centre will replace the existing marquee and will feature a number of spaces and meeting rooms.
An artist’s impression of the new building
The project has proved controversial though, with trustees of The Phantom Garden calling for a rethink after it emerged some memorials would need to be moved to make way for the new facility. But Lichfield District Council have now granted planning permission for the development. The new space will be able to accommodate up to 300 people, with bosses hoping the facility will create a new revenue source to help support the arboretum.   Sarah Montgomery, managing director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for our new events building. “Our site has growing visitor numbers, and hosts over 200 events every year, including those attended by members of the Royal Family. This new flexible building, with extensive new facilities, will provide a modern event space to replace our existing events marquee. “This is another gigantic step forward in the realisation of our Remembrance vision and this new space will complement our award-winning £16m Remembrance Centre which was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge in March 2017. “New facilities are crucial to securing the long-term sustainability of the arboretum, ensuring the site can serve as a focal point of Remembrance for future generations.”


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