Cemetery Cafe

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Pedder & Scampton were appointed to prepare a feasibility for the removal of unsightly additions to the charming Victorian lodge building in a cemetery in Southend and their replacement with new extensions to retain existing services and records associated with the cemetery but also provide a flower shop and cafe. A cafe would serve visitors to the graves, researchers looking into family history and groups attending funerals. The layout is arranged to give two outlooks: one to a sunny courtyard, the other overlooking avenues of large trees and old gravestones in a grassed area. The plan permits temporary subdivision of the cafe so wakes could take place in one half. Roof form studies show alternative appearances for the new building.