National Windrush Monument
The monument, located at Waterloo Station has three figures – a man, woman and child. They are dressed in their “Sunday best” and are climbing a mountain of suitcases hand-in-hand, demonstrating the inseparable bond of the Windrush pioneers and their descendants and the aspirations of their generation.
The design by Basil Watson will stand as a testament to those who landed in Britain to help rebuild the country, as well as to lay a foundation for their families and their future, influencing and contributing to every aspect of our society.
Martin Burden - Ramboll Consulting Director, Buildings said, “It has been a real privilege to have been involved in this National recognition project….especially on a pro bono basis. After our work at Frendsbury Gardens we were asked to help again… somewhat mimicking the Monument motto…you called …. and we came. It has been a delicate process, working over a two year time frame across multiple government bodies, politicians, sculptors, casting foundries and the rail authorities. We have had to be subtle and succinct and it has resulted in a stunning result delivered on time and to huge appreciation. A fitting memorial to those who came, gave so much and until now, have gone unrecognised.”
Kalisha Sejpar, who leads Ramboll's Racial Equality network said "I’m really pleased that Ramboll has supported this project, a cause that aligns with our values and in this instance specifically the aims of the network. The monument honours and celebrates the courage and contribution of the Windrush generation to our society, and importantly provides visibility of Black and Caribbean contributions, and our shared history in public space. We encourage people to take time to visit the monument, and hope it sparks conversation and creates a deeper understanding and recognition of the Windrush generation".
Ramboll’s Making a Difference network has been providing pro bono support, acting as Technical Advisors throughout the project to the Windrush Committee and the Ministry of Levelling Up. The team supported the review and assessment of the artistic proposals, providing technical advice and coordination between stakeholders to ensure the artistic competition and selection process accounted for the technical challenges presented by the different proposed sculptures.
Once selected, Ramboll worked closely with Basil Watson, Network Rail and the sculpture fabricators, Pangolin providing technical advice on the final design.
Windrush Day honours the British Caribbean community and the half a million people who travelled to the UK after the second world war. This monument, which is backed by £1 million funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pays tribute to the dreams, ambition, courage and resilience of the Windrush pioneers who arrived in Britain after the Second World War and the generations that followed over the years.