General Cemetery Company

Kensal Green Cemetery is the oldest of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, established in 1832.  At the centre of the cemetery lies the Anglican Chapel, a Grade I listed building erected in 1835/6.  The chapel is currently on the Heritage at Risk Register and not in use. The General Cemetery Company therefore commissioned an options appraisal that sought to bring the chapel back into use and explore different options that would make running of the chapel sustainable, by potentially extending use beyond funerals.  Jura Consultants lead a team of architects and cost consultants in assessing the significance of the chapel and its development potential, while considering the constraints presented by the surrounding working cemetery, the chapel’s location at its centre, which makes access difficult after hours, and a recent development at the cemetery’s other chapel, the Dissenters Chapel.  We appraised five options and provided drawings and outline business cases for three of these, which represented an achievable and progressive model for the General Cemetery Company to expand use of the chapel over time as demand is established.