Hale Chapel Cemetery Memorial Backyard – Farnham, Surrey


When Farnham City Council approached Graduate Landscapes to assist design a communal backyard of their city, we jumped on the probability. Not solely as a result of this was a neighborhood city in want of assist, but additionally as a result of the location itself had large cultural and historic heritage. The derelict buildings on the centre of the cemetery date again to 1871 and had been constructed from flint and brick by native builders ‘Goddards of East Road’. Quick ahead to 2014, they had been now turning into unused and deteriorating quick.  Farnham City Council, after participating with how the area people, explored many choices for his or her use and over time the challenge lacked momentum. They wanted inspiration from a inventive {and professional} design studio – us! Harriet Kingsford was assigned to design this challenge and he or she stepped as much as the problem.

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The temporary was to create a brand new backyard of remembrance within the house for native residents and the broader neighborhood to utilise. Because the buildings had been attracting anti-social behaviour, the backyard wanted to don’t have any locations to cover, be protected for all to make use of and re-use as most of the supplies on web site as potential. In the end although, it wanted to be a tranquil atmosphere and provides recognition to its previous life as two Chapels.

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‘Instantly and on seeing the house, I actually had a lightweight bulb second! To maintain some, if not the entire footprint of the buildings, re-using some if not the entire supplies onsite, and choosing out probably the most in-tact and delightful options of the Chapels, and incorporating them into the scheme. In wanting on the experiences from the architect who’d undertaken a radical evaluation of the buildings, I rapidly labored out that the peak of the partitions wanted to be decreased and repaired the place acceptable. The important thing options such because the gable home windows and the stone mullions, I proposed eradicating and restoring at a safer peak with the thought of with the ability to see via them at eye degree. With the much less in tact options, I laid flat on the ground and created planting beds in them. ‘ – Harriet Kingsford, backyard designer at Graduate Landscapes.

Farnham City Council appointed Landform to construct the challenge, for which we loved the collaboration with. We had been invited again to the grand opening of the neighborhood backyard and had been overjoyed with the result. The backyard is inviting, peaceable, protected, calming and a nod to the gorgeous buildings that after stood proud right here. Effectively performed Harriet and to all concerned!

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