Following a successful bid for building services, Ingleton Wood were instructed by Westminster City Council Parks and Leisure department to produce a specification and oversee works to repair a section of brick boundary wall. This had fallen into despair at St. Mary’s Churchyard, London W2, enclosing a former cemetery now given over to parkland.
The boundary wall is shared in common with St. Mary’s Mansions, and Ingleton Wood were instrumental in agreeing party wall agreements with adjoining owners and freeholder before the works commenced, half the costs being agreed to be paid by the freeholder.
The wall being of some age, flora and fauna had established itself and the scope of works was agreed with the Natural History Museum to preserve this alongside the repair works following a thorough Ecological and Cryptogrammic vegetation survey. The existing headstones located against the wall needed to be temporarily moved out of the way to allow repair work to proceed. The headstones were subsequently reset in their exact same location upon completion of repairs. No burials or graves were encountered.
The Diocese, who also employed their own conservation consultants, were consulted at all stages of the project.
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