Sheffield General Cemetery, HLF Project

Client: : Sheffield City Council Location: : Sheffield Dates: : 2016-2018 Value: : £3 million capital (£150,000 grant application approx)

Sheffield General Cemetery was established in 1836, set entirely with a Conservation Area the cemetery is a Grade II* Registered Park and Garden and contains 10 Listed Buildings and Monument’s. The cemetery is in two parts the non-conformist section designed by Samuel Worth which is largely intact, and the Anglican section designed by William Flockton which has been largely cleared. The General Cemetery has been in decline in recent years and in desperate need of investment and is currently on Historic England’s ‘Heritage At Risk Register’

HDD were appointed by Sheffield City Council to Act as Lead Designer for the submission of a successful, Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application. HDD have managed the following inputs:

  • appointed and managed a range of site investigations and survey work,
  • prepared detailed condition surveys;
  • authored a comprehensive Conservation Plan,
  • prepared a capital works Cost Plan alongside project QS;
  • undertaken all design work to RIBA Stage 3;
  • managed the Planning Application and Listed Building Consent;
  • worked alongside Sheffield City Council and specialist consultants who were writing the Activity and Interpretation Plans;
  • Project and programme management alongside the client Project Manager.

The proposed capital works scheme will include:

  • repair, conservation and extension of the historic listed catacombs;
  • repair and conservation of a number of important memorials and monuments;
  • repair and conservation work to listed boundary walls, and retaining walls within the site; including the Grade II* Egyptian Gateway;
  • interpretation of the sites important natural and historical heritage;
  • sitewide improvements to pathways, planting and furniture;
  • improving Access for All.

The application was successful and work on detailed design is due to start soon.