The finalists were announced in two competitions to âconserve and improveâ Highgate Cemetery.
The cemetery is the resting place of major cultural figures such as Karl Marx, George Eliot, Lucian Freud and Douglas Adams.
In November, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust (FOHCT) launched landscape and architectural project competitions with the aim of building a âsustainable futureâ for the site, as part of a 25-year master plan.
The competition brief outlined the challenges and opportunities for Highgate Cemetery posed by climate change, degradation and changing visitor expectations.
Participants were asked to balance the demands of a working cemetery with the cultural heritage and needs of the community, as well as an increasing number of visitors.
In the landscape competition, the finalists are Colvin and Moggridge; Gustafson Porter and Bowman; J&L Gibbons; and Periscope. They will develop their ideas ahead of a public online exhibition of their proposals in April.
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The finalists for the architectural project competition are Caruso St John; Dow Jones; Hopkins; Manalo & Blanc; MICA Architects; and Purcell. They will showcase their understanding of Highgate Cemetery’s needs and their approach to design, with the winners announced in May.
OFSCT President Martin Adeney said: âWe are delighted to have had such a strong response to our landscape and architectural project competitions. The result will provide us with a landscape vision and a master plan for the management of the cemetery over the next 25 years.
âThe changes will take place gradually and it will take some time before the work begins. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing the finalists’ submissions developed and look forward to welcoming thoughts on the concepts of the Landscape Masterplan when we launch our online exhibit in April.
“The winners of the competitions will be announced in May and we will work with them to ensure that the cemetery remains the enchanting place so many people enjoy, whose carefully tended natural environment provides a sanctuary for those buried here and their loved ones, as well as the thousands of visitors. “
For more details on the competitions and to view a video produced by FoHCT, visit highgatecemetery.org/competitions