Cambridge American Military Cemetery was established as temporary cemetery in 1943 using land donated to the United States by Cambridge University. Construction of the formal cemetery as a permanent American world war two military cemetery began and was formally dedicated in July 1956.
Fairhaven Stone have recently been appointed by Barns Construction to suppy and fix the stone works on the new visitor centre and the facility building at Madingley American Cemetery. Work has begun on a £4 million project which marks the first major change to the site since it opened 56 years ago.
The centre is going up into woodland in the south-west corner of the Grade I-listed burial ground, which is the only permanent US Second World War graveyard in Britain.
It contains the resting places of nearly 4,000 servicemen and women, plus the names of more than 5,000 carved into the Portland Stone Remembrance Wall.
The new buildings will be constructed in Portland stone similar to that used on St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
As part of the project, the existing visitor building next to the main entrance will be turned into a reception area.
The visitor centre will open in autumn 2013.
The new facilities building will be built on the east side of the entrance, mirroring the visitor block.
Architect Bland Brown + Cole and heritage consultant Beacon Planning, were given the task of enhancing the cemetery while preserving the original vision of landscape.