CHADWELL HEATH Cemetery in Romford, Essex, has been looking a bit livelier lately. VHE Construction is working on a £1.3M remediation project to enable the graveyard to be extended.
The 32-week project for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham involves importing 50,000m 3 of clay to provide a 2.75m deep bed across the 3ha site.
When complete the extension will accommodate 5500 graves, stacked up to three deep, which should meet requirements for the next 50 years.
The clay is sourced from several sites in north and central London and each load is inspected and tested before being spread on site. To provide future stability, it is laid in layers above a geotechnical membrane that will indicate the extent of the new strata.
Existing ground is being excavated and processed to remove any oversize material that could obstruct grave digging.
VHE is also undertaking infrastructure and landscaping works on the site. The consultant is Entec with Temple Group acting as managing agent.
Work is due for completion in late summer.