Lend Lease is to build the only monument that will be constructed in the UK to mark next year’s centenary of the outbreak of World War1.
It will design, procure and deliver the £500,000 Step Short arch at Folkestone, on a route that was taken by some 10m UK and other troops leaving for France.
Lend Lease is not charging any fee for the project, which will open on 4 August 2014, the centenary of the conflict’s start.
Designer Foster Gearing plans to install wireless technology underneath the arch’s base so that at night black and white holograms of the men can be projected marching through it.
The objective is to bring events to life for today’s younger generation by mirroring the atmosphere of the war years.
‘Step Short’ derives from the command given to troops so that they did not lose their footing marching downhill carrying heavy packs.
Lend Lease’s executive general manger of defence business in Europe Pat Boyle said: “The arch is a genuinely inspirational project which will stand as a fitting memorial to the fallen for generations to come and we are looking forward to delivering it.”