Northwood Cemetery Heritage Project
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced in July 2015 the award of a grant of £1,685,100 for restoration works and the establishment of community facilities at Northwood Cemetery.
The recipient of this grant is a partnership between the Friends of Northwood Cemetery (FoNC) and the Isle of Wight Council (IWC), the landowners.
A Partnership Agreement has been signed between the Friends of Northwood Cemetery, the ‘lead partner’, and the Isle of Wight Council.
A Northwood Cemetery Heritage Project Board has been established consisting of five FoNC Trustees and two IWC Officers.
FoNC and IWC have been working together for over 8 years to attract funding to bring this exciting restoration project to fruition and save the two chapels at the Cemetery from collapse or eventual demolition.With this grant their heritage has now been secured.
An area for natural burials in a woodland setting has now been established and a Heritage Centre will be created in the restored West Chapel.
Work on the Natural Burial Ground commenced at the far end of the Cemetery in November 2015 and the soil is now ‘settling down’ for use in late 2017. It has been cleared, landscaped, a perimeter path has been laid and the 1,000 bulbs have been planted by children at the local Lanesend Primary School. A seed flower mix across the area is now taking root.
When it is restored later this year the East Chapel will, once again, become available for funeral services.
The size of the grant was determined principally from detailed work by Architects, Consulting Engineers and Quantity Surveyors during late 2014/early 2015.
Those appointed were:
Project Managers: The Project Firm of Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
Architects: Radley House Partnership of Winchester, Hampshire
Consulting Engineers: Hockley & Dawson of Cranleigh, Surrey
The Project Board also formed a Stakeholder Advisory Group to oversee the project in an advisory capacity.
This group has met nine times to provide guidance to the Project Board and meets again on 3rd May 2017.
During 2014 and 2015 significant documents were produced (which are all subject to copyright):
To view the Architects plans please click here
A local firm of building contractors, G J Banks (IW) Ltd, has been appointed to undertake the restoration works.
On-site works commenced in May 2016 and 70 concrete ‘pins’ (some 15 meters long) were inserted into the ground around the chapels to support the beams on which the Chapels will rest. The ground works beneath the West Chapel are now complete and work is currently being undertaken on the roof and the internal ‘fitting out’.
The ground works on the East Chapel are scheduled to be completed by Easter 2017.
When completed the West Chapel will be used for a variety of community activities. A kitchen is being built on its east elevation to match with the ‘lean-to’ of the East Chapel opposite.
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