COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT
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 was a partnership between the Friends of Northwood Cemetery (FoNC) and the Isle of Wight Council (IWC), the landowners.
A Partnership Agreement was signed between the Friends of Northwood Cemetery, the ‘lead partner’, and the Isle of Wight Council.
A Northwood Cemetery Heritage Project Board was established consisting of five FoNC Trustees and two IWC Officers.
FoNC and IWC have been working together for over 9 years to attract funding to bring this exciting restoration project to fruition and save the two chapels at the Cemetery from collapse or demolition.This grant has now secured their heritage.
An area for natural burials in a woodland setting has also been established and a Heritage Resource Centre 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 2018. It has been cleared, landscaped and a perimeter path has been laid. 1,000 bulbs have been planted by children at the local Lanesend Primary School and a seed flower mix across the area is now taking root.
The East Chapel is now, once again, 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 eleven times to provide guidance to the Project Board.
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, was 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 in and around the chapels to support the beams on which the Chapels now rest.
The Project was completed in October 2017 with an Launch Event on Wednesday 11th October; an Open Day for the local community was held on Saturday 14th October 2017 attended by over 250 people.
The Heritage Resource Centre, with a kitchen for the provision of tea, coffee and light snacks, can be used for a variety of community activities. It is equipped with a full surround sound audio system and projection facilities.
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