The Grade I-listed Brompton Cemetery is one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries. Built in the 1840s, it is an enchanting space with numerous Grade II and II*-listed buildings and monuments. It is the only UK cemetery owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks.  

The Cemetery and its historic structures, including chapel and monuments had fallen into disrepair, with its catacombs classified as ‘at risk’. A four-year, £6.2m ‘Parks for People’ restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Royal Parks, has revealed hidden architectural gems, revitalising Benjamin Baud’s original garden cemetery design. 

The Royal Parks appointed LDA Design to develop the masterplan to manage the restoration project, including the design of two new buildings and assorted conservation works. The restoration required a fine balance of heritage, design, innovation and maintenance. The project has given Brompton Cemetery a new lease of life, and preserved a historic landscape for future generations.

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