Lincoln Tank Memorial
The Lincoln Tank Memorial Committee is made up of a group of passionate local people who have been striving for many years to see Lincoln’s role as the birthplace of the tank recognised through a prominent local sculpture. Many attempts to achieve this have failed and Globe was approached to help gain support for a sculpture to be designed and built locally for the roundabout at Tritton Road, very close to where the William Foster and Co. factory was sited. For the project to become a reality rather than a dream, this vision needed to be translated into an approved development.
Globe’s role was initially to provide professional planning advice and support to the Committee. This was gladly provided free of charge as a part of the company’s ongoing corporate responsibility efforts; we are keen to contribute what we can, wherever we can to support the local community. The role grew with Phil Scrafton becoming a key member of the Committee to help drive the design forwards, finalise the documentation, seeking planning and other consents. Fundraising by this incredibly committed group of people was successful through the efforts of many, and the project was finally realised when Willmott Dixon agreed to coordinate the groundworks and plinth, which would accommodate the fantastic fabrication work undertaken by local engineering company Rilmac.
Success was achieved in the realisation of a longstanding aspiration to mark this incredibly important Lincoln invention, which saved many thousands of lives by shortening WWI, in a prominent location. This key piece of public art is now a local landmark with local people now describing the locality as the Tank Roundabout. The Lincoln Tank Memorial was recently adorned with knitted poppies thanks to a group of ‘yarn bombing’ enthusiasts on Armistice Day.