Bushey Cemetery and Prayer Halls, London – Projects
- Community & Public
- Waugh Thistleton Architects
- United Synagogue
- Bushey Cemetery, Waugh Thistleton Architects
A new cemetery for United Synagogue situated within the heart of London’s Greenbelt in Bushey. Bushey cemetery opened over 50 years ago and had reached capacity. United Synagogue commissioned an extension to the existing cemetery to ensure the cemetery could continue to serve the community for the next 50 years and more. The sensitive design has involved the collaboration of the architects Waugh Thistleton, landscape architects J&L Gibbons, United Synagogue and Elliott Wood acting as civil and structural engineers.
The project was delivered in two phases, the initial enabling works phase involved the installation of the major civil engineering and landscaping works; involving a series of swales, weirs and ponds to help maintain natural drainage on the site and provide new habitats for wildlife.
The land for the cemetery extension was arable land with no formal drainage system. Working closely with the Landscape Architect, our civils team designed a new surface water management system which included attenuation basins, swales, a balancing pond and permeable construction for the car parks. The proposals had to consider the final layout of the cemetery and generated a serene water’s edge setting whilst providing biodiversity enhancement and new habitats for wildlife.
Elliott Wood also undertook full site wide cut and fill exercise, and achieved no cart away of material by identifying a suitable location to the side of the main works, whilst achieving the landscape architects visual desire. By undertaking a cut and fill analysis and determining suitable locations on site for muck to be disposed, this translated to lower cost for the client, reduced C02 emissions and reduced impact on the surrounding road network due to less wagon movements.
From the beginning of the project we undertook the earthwork and drainage design in 3D. This enabled us to presented visualsations to the client, which enabled them to better understand the design, making sure it met their needs as the design progressed.
The second phase was the construction of the prayer halls and associated buildings. These were constructed in loadbearing rammed earth walls and glulaminated timber roofs. Elliott Wood worked closely with the architects and rammed earth specialists to provide a robust solution that delivered the ambitious 7.0m high structures with simple, elegant detailing.