UK laser specialist helps memorialise World War I

Posted on 11 Apr 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Yorkshire-based Cutting Technologies has played a part in creating a striking remembrance sculpture located next to Westminster City Hall in London.

Laser Firm - The Great War memorial located on London’s Victoria Street - images courtesy of Lee Simmons.
The Great War memorial located on London’s Victoria Street – images courtesy of Lee Simmons.

Laser expert, Cutting Technologies worked alongside Woking alongside British artist and designer, Lee Simmons, as part of his recent project – The Great War Memorial.

The sculpture was designed to commemorate council employees who fought and died during World War I.

The memorial, which is made up of more than 80 shards in Sicilian carrara marble, represents each of the employees of Westminster City Council who lost their lives.

Cutting Technologies was commissioned to engrave the base of the memorial with the names of the council workers who died during the conflict.

Director and co-founder of Cutting Technologies, Jane Robinson explained: “The top of the base required large scale laser engraving – as it was 2 metres in diameter, we are one of the few UK-based laser specialists able to tackle such a job.

“This memorial is a stunning piece of art which will stand for years to come of bravery and comradery which shone through WW1.”

Artist, Lee Simmons added: “Faced with a short time frame to deliver the project, we were impressed with the prompt communication, high level of efficiency and quick turnaround speed offered by Cutting Technologies.”

From civic art to privately commissioned centrepieces, Lee Simmons’ work is a fusion that brings together architecture, art and design.

The Manufacturer Top 100

Jane Robinson sits on The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel, the group tasked with compiling an annual list of the 100 greatest people working in UK manufacturing.

Now entering its fourth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, helping to dispel the myths surrounding industry and draw young people into the sector.

Nominations are open for The Manufacturer Top 100 2017, and those named within the report will be revealed at a glamorous evening of celebration on 15 November in Liverpool, where shortlisted cross-sector candidates will arrive from all corners of the country to raise a glass.

This year, The Manufacturer Top 100 is sponsored by Salesforce and Autodesk.

Visit the to nominate your manufacturing hero.