RAF 47 Squadron memorial

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  • RAF 47 Squadron memorial -  The National Memorial Arboretum

    Terrabound perimeter pathway for memorial in Staffordshire

    Contractor Coatech Ltd

    16m2 Terrabound Autumn Toffee and 12m2 Terrabound Terracotta

    Addagrip approved contractor Coatech Ltd were proud to install the surfacing around the recently unveiled RAF 47 Squadron Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    Situated in Alrewas, on the edge of the National Forest, the Arboretum is home to over 330 memorials.

    "The new memorial, by the award-winning sculptor Peter W Naylor, is a representation of past, present and future members of No. 47 Squadron and is sited next to the River Thame. It spans the Squadron’s 100-year history by depicting a WWI pilot, a 1950s groundcrew mechanic, and the three-person crew (including one female) of a current C-130 Hercules aircraft. 

    The design required a Resin Bound paved surround in a wave pattern using two contrasting colours that would be aesthetically pleasing but not detract from the sculpture.

    Terrabound Resin Bound porous surfacing in Autumn Toffee and Terracotta blends was selected and Coatech Ltd  installed the pattern, segregating each coloured area with an aluminium edging strip. The BBA approved Terrabound surface is porous, low maintenance, hard wearing, smooth underfoot and wheelchair friendly, making it accessible all year round.

    The new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum was unveiled on the 1st March 2017. The ceremony began with a service and a one minute silence, followed by the flypast of three Hercules aircraft, crewed by members of 47 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton.

    The Terrabound installation was completed in February 2017.