Client: Southwark Council & Sawyer & Fisher (Epsom)
Completed: nov 2022
Category: Historical Building
Contract Duration: 35 Weeks
Architect: Roger Mears Architects’
What we did...
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Stabilising Works
  • Stone Masonry Repairs
  • Structural Timbers
  • Metalwork & Drainage

USL were pleased to work in partnership with Southwark Council and Chartered Quantity Surveyors Sawyer & Fisher (Epsom) on the urgent stabilising and conservation programme at East Lodge in Nunhead Cemetery.

The Victorian East Lodge forms one of the pair of lodges framing the northern entrance to Nunhead Cemetery and was once an office for cemetery staff.  This unusual Grade II listed building has been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register since 1988 and was in a state of serious decay. The lodge has had scaffolding and a temporary roof for over 20 years to provide protection and shore up the structure, while decisions on its future were made.

Southwark Council has been fully committed to revitalise the building into a revived community-based multi-use site complete with café and offices.  This interim structural programme (completed over 35 weeks) included conservation and stabilisation works to make the building safe until the main restoration project can begin.

USL carried out urgent repairs, incorporating the careful dismantling of the first bay of structure due to its unstable condition, and installed temporary propping to the retained structure.

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“Working with the local community, we are putting Nunhead Cemetery on the map as a leafy oasis steeped in history that is accessible to everyone. Restoring the East Lodge and opening it up to the community is an important part of the puzzle, so we are delighted to have the support of the Heritage Fund.”

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