m-tec were commissioned by the educational charity Step Short to manufacture the iconic stainless steel arch and bespoke seating. Unveiled by Prince Harry in Folkestone in August 2014, the arch was designed by specialist architectural company Forster Gearing and the project marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1.
The associated street furniture was designed and manufactured by sister company Goose Foot (part of the WEC Group). Together the memorial arch and bespoke street furniture create a timeless feature integrated to complete the renovation of the Road of Remembrance.
Tom Elliot, Divisional Manager at m-tec, said: "We are honoured to have played our part in the creation of this very special memorial to the men and women who sacrificed so much for us a century ago."
"The arch is a stunning piece of design work and is a fitting tribute. It now stands at the gateway where millions of British soldiers took the journey to fight for our country and is a piece of work we were proud to manufacture."
Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe and chairman of Step Short, attended the ceremony.
He said: "This Memorial Arch stands in memory of all those who served; those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who came home."
"It makes a striking addition to the Folkestone skyline. The location of the arch is very fitting, standing overlooking the harbour where the ships waited to take millions of soldiers to France during the course of the war."
"It also marks the route taken by so many of the men, many of whom would not return, marching down the Road of Remembrance, to board those ships."