The memorial, which is to be built in Ver-sur-Mer overlooking Gold Beach where the D-Day landings took place on 6 June 1944, was designed by British architect Liam O’Connor. The project is dedicated to the 22,000 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, under British command and local civilian services who died fighting during the Allied landings on 6 June 1944 and in the subsequent Battle of Normandy.
Speaking on behalf of the award, David Poole, MRICS, CEO of Savills Valuation, said: “We are incredibly proud to have won such a prestigious award for our work with the Normandy Memorial Trust. The project is of real national importance and it is a privilege for myself and my team at Savills to have been a part of it.”
Acting for the Normandy Memorial Trust, Savills and joint award winner, K&L Gates, were key figures in providing advice to secure the purchase of the land and the site development. They have liaised closely with the French authorities, with a view to secure planning permission. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have pledged their support for this important national project and have committed to attend the commemorations to mark the 75th Anniversary of the operation on 6 June 2019
Launched as part of the RICS 150th anniversary, the aim of the Pride in the Profession campaign was to recognise those surveying skills and achievements which have made a significant positive impact on the way in which the surveying profession has shaped the natural and built environment in the last 150 years.