Final 7 July Permanent Memorial design will remember the 52 victims of the London bombings
The final design for the permanent Memorial to the 52 innocent victims killed in the London bombings on 7 July 2005 was unveiled today.
The design comprises 52 pillars (stelae), each representing one of the victims. They are grouped together in four inter-linking clusters reflecting the four incidents, with each stele bearing an inscription of the date and location of the particular incident that its cluster represents.
Each stele will be three metres (approx. 10 feet) tall and 15-18 cms (6-7.28 inches) square. They will be constructed from cast stainless steel, a robust material that is very long lasting. The casting process of these stelae means that whilst they are all cast from the same mould, each one will be unique.
The memorial will be situated in the North-east corner of Hyde Park, close to Park Lane and Lover’s Walk. A plaque, listing the names of the murdered victims, will be sited in the grass bank at the far eastern end of the Memorial.
The Memorial has been created by a Design Team which has worked in close consultation with representatives of the bereaved families and advisors from The Royal Parks.
A representative of the bereaved families group said:
“This Memorial is a fitting tribute, honouring the 52 lives lost on 7 July 2005, ensuring that the world will never forget them. It represents the enormity of our loss, both on a personal and public level. We hope this Memorial will speak to visitors, so they can understand the impact of these horrific events.
“We would like to thank the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and The Royal Parks for their support throughout this project.”
Architect and Director of Carmody Groarke, Kevin Carmody, said:
"We are proud to have had the opportunity to help the bereaved families of the 7 July London bombings create a fitting Memorial to their loved ones. By working in close and constant consultation with them and the wider design team, we have designed something that fulfils their brief to us: to create a Memorial that allows for a collective experience as well as being a place of relative quiet for contemplation for the families and the wider public."