Portfolio- London Road Cemetery

London Road Cemetery

Background

In 2017 Coventry City Council were successful in obtaining a Round 1 HLF grant to restore the Grade I Listed London Road Cemetery. The 1845 Cemetery is Paxton’s only cemetery and is recognised by English Heritage as one of the top 5 historic cemeteries in the country.

CFP were commissioned during the development phase to undertake consultation, Activity and Business Planning and evaluation. This commission was extended to Project Management to provide advice on cost control, phasing of works and developing a scheme that was within the Round 1 budget and met the approved purposes.

Our Role

The project involved the reinstatement of the original landscape design and repair of features as well as interpretation, education and volunteer activities to improve future maintenance.

CFP coordinated the work of the design team, conservation architect, structural engineer and interpretive planner. Specific tasks included acting up as the overall lead, managing a value engineering exercise, developing an overall cost plan and liaison with HLF. CFP also co-ordinated the development of the project with the Charterhouse project which was being developed by the Historic Coventry Trust.

Outcomes and Results

CFP provided advice on rescoping the project focusing on the key heritage items, seeking specialist input from a conservation structural engineer and conservation architect in order to develop more appropriate approaches to repair and restoration. Further work to carry out value engineering and cost planning helped develop a scheme that was within budget and met the Round 1 approved purposes. The scheme passed a second Development Review and was successfully awarded its Round 2 grant in July 2018.

The Round 2 HLF application was delivered on time and to our client’s satisfaction as demonstrated in the testimonial.

For more of our work on project management and development please follow the link.

TESTIMONIAL

“During 2017 Coventry City Council where successful in obtaining stage 1 Heritage Lottery Funding to  work up a stage 2 development bid to restore the historic  Grade I Listed London Cemetery. The Cemetery was designed by Joseph Paxton in 1845 at the height of his career.  It is Paxton’s only cemetery and is recognised by English Heritage as one of the top five historic cemeteries in the country. The project involved  the reinstatement of the original landscape design, and repair of major features as well as interpretation, education and outreach work increasing community engagement and volunteer activities to improve future maintenance. Community First Partnerships were appointed to develop and  produce a number of key submission documents including the activity plan, business plan and management and maintenance plan. During the project however  it soon became clear that the  initial cost plan and scope of works for the project far exceeded the budget and that review and value engineering exercise would need to be undertaken against a very challenging timescale and Community First Partnership where further commissioned to lead and take the project forward. Their  experience , knowledge and expertise to work up such an important and historically sensitive project was clearly evident and instrumental in the successful and timely delivery of the bid”.

Graham Hood, Coventry City Council