Steven Wong of PWLC Projects has been working with Lambeth Council leading on their Cemetery Capital Investment Programme.

Steven developed an 8-year investment strategy for Lambeth that will see their three cemeteries: Lambeth, Streatham and West Norwood Cemetery enhanced by:

  • Eliminating a growing backlog of repairs that has resulted from 40 years of under investment by bringing existing infrastructure into a  year one condition placing the cemeteries into a position of becoming self sustainable.
  • Increase the awareness of West Norwood Cemetery as a place, enhancing the cemetery’s infrastructure and internationally recognised architectural and historic importance to improve visitor experience and attract future burials.
  • Assist in creating value in the cemetery environment by building upon existing revenue streams through meeting Lambeth’s statutory obligation to provide space for future burials and creating opportunities for new ones, such as premium burials.

The investment programme is currently in its second year and on track with some key milestones being met in 2016/17 notably, the award of £241,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund to support the development of proposals to restore and improve West Norwood Cemetery has been critical to the investment strategy and offers a very exciting opportunity to make West Norwood a world class attraction. Some of the improvements being developed are:

  • Conservation of a significant national and international landscape and built structures;
  • Protection of biodiversity;
  • The introduction of increased community uses allowing greater access to the site’s rich heritage;
  • An improvement in heritage structures, infrastructure and amenities;
  • Improved management and accessibility;
  • Better site interpretation;
  • New skills and learning for volunteers;
  • Enhanced visitor facilities;
  • Strengthened the community and local environment.

Find out more:

Further information about the project can be found on Lambeth’s webpage:

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/west-norwood-cemetery-restoration-programme

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