The City of London Cemetery is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation, and is included as a Grade I listing on Historic England’s ‘Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England’.
The Shoot, a heavily disturbed area historically used for the placing of soils recovered from burials, sits in the eastern part of the Cemetery. It had been identified within a Conservation Management Plan in 2004 as being an area that could be comprehensively re-developed for use for burials. HDD were appointed to review a range of earlier studies and surveys, to arrange further surveys and site investigations and then to develop masterplan options for the Shoot area. HDD appointed sub-consultants to investigate and characterise risks associated with potential soil and hydrogeological contamination and to advise on regulatory framework associated with waste management. HDD set out costed proposals for working the site, including a range of measures to better integrate the area into the wider listed landscape.
Pre-application consultations were progressed with the London Borough of Newham and with Historic England prior to refining the favoured option and the submission of a full planning application. Planning consent was secured in September 2014 and pre-commencement conditions were then discharged.
HDD have prepared detailed designs and tender documentation for the project alongside geo-technical consultants responsible for overseeing the works under the CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) protocol.
Works are due to be undertaken on site in autumn 2015 managed by HDD under an NEC ‘Option A’ contract.