Waverley Council is preparing a master plan to improve the amenity of Waverley cemetery and how it interfaces with the public coastal walk. The cemetery is in a confined space, in a built-up area with unique heritage characteristics. The Council also seeks to increase the capacity of the cemetery.
Northrop has been engaged to provide Civil and Structural advice to support the development. The age of the site makes the project particularly challenging for our team with many issues to address, including unstable retaining walls, stormwater drainage problems and old dilapidated roads.
The site also suffered storm and landslide damage in June 2016 with rough waves destroying much of the cliff face. Coastal path walkers are currently forced to traverse the site to avoid the damage. Old storm water pipes may also have contributed to geotechnical instability.
The advice given by our Civil team must adhere to specific heritage constraints and be sensitive to both marked and potentially unmarked graves. With its public location and heavy foot traffic, the works are also likely to face substantial public scrutiny.
The project is due for completion by the end of 2017.