6,500 sq ft
New Build, Redevelopment & Conversion
Health, Public Sector
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The project was for a new stand-alone public mortuary to replace their existing facility which had reached the end of its useful life. A redundant and overgrown site housing the lodge for Tottenham Cemetery was identified as the only suitable site available. As the site is in a conservation area and within Metropolitan Open Land, the scheme was only acceptable in planning terms if it were to be built underground and sensitively landscaped over.
The main accommodation, including all the technical facilities, is housed in a single-storey basement building with ramped access for hearses and other services. The existing lodge has been retained and used as a bereavement centre for the public and for staff offices. This arrangement enables the new building to be hidden from view, with only the stair and lift core linking it to the lodge visible from outside the site. It also provides a natural separation between the clinical and other functions.
The public mortuary is used to store deceased persons with over 800 post-mortems carried out each year. The facility also provides a central pathology, post-mortem and mortuary services base to the borough council and its hospitals, ambulance service, undertakers and the police.