Client: London Borough of Hackney
Completed: 2021
Category: Heritage Walls
Contract Duration: 16 Weeks
Architect:
What we did...
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Brickwork Repairs
  • Specialist Services
  • Working with Local Authorities

USL were pleased to return to Abney Park in Hackney, one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries to carry out vital repairs to the boundary wall. The Abney Park boundary wall forms a physical barrier between the Cemetery and surrounding properties. 

Various sections of the wall have been repaired in the past with additional section requiring urgent repair. 

The objective was to improve the traditional brickwork wall at the park to ensure the structural integrity and improve the surrounding area. The works involved sensitive protocols and care consideration to working in areas with buried remains, grave stones and residential properties. 

The restoration project involved rebuilding a 12-metre length of the wall where it was leaning primarily into a public road from the cemetery group level up. With conservation techniques, USL used lime-based mortar and as many existing bricks as possible, allowing for like-for-like replacement of damaged elements. One section of the wall was bulging and required full replacement and rebuilding with new brickwork. 

Following with London Borough of Hackney’s vision, the project prioritised quality of life and the environment; making local streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians, tackling air pollution, protecting our parks and green spaces. 

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