Plans for a £5 million refurbishment of London's historic Brompton Cemetery have been unveiled by The Royal Parks.
Designed by Benjamin Baud, the Grade 1 listed garden cemetery dates back to 1840 and is a member of the 'magnificent seven', a moniker given to the seven large London cemeteries built in the Victoria era to cater for the rapidly growing population.
The Royal Parks is now seeking views on proposals including:
- conservation of the historic landscape, buildings and monuments;
- restoration of the domed chapel, central colonnades and catacombs;
- redevelopment of the North Lodge, with information centre, shop, toilets and cafe; and
- wildlife conservation and improvements to habitats.
The Royal Parks was awarded £3.7million from Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund in January to develop plans to refurbish key buildings and memorials, build an information centre and restore the landscape to better reflect the original design.
Greg McErlean, Director of Projects at The Royal Parks said:
"Since the announcement of our successful lottery funding bid, we have been working with a number of groups including the Friends of Brompton Cemetery to develop more detailed plans for the restoration.
"We want to know what the wider public think of the plans, which are designed to recognise the historical, educational and social value of the cemetery for the whole community."
The consultation runs until 17th October 2014, with a planning application expected to be submitted to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in December 2014.
The next consultation open day is on Wednesday 20 August, 10am-4pm, near the Chapel. There is also a community forum, where visitors will be able to view and discuss the plans, on Sat 4 Oct, 11am-1pm.
For full details of how The Royal Parks plans to conserve and enhance the cemetery and how to comment on the proposals, see Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project.