Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

MICA's team were shortlisted to develop a concept design for the Highgate Cemetery for a new 25-year masterplan for the site, to secure its future and ensure it remains a historic, and sustainable, twenty-first century cemetery.

The vision to preserve and further enhance the cultural significance of Highgate Cemetery involves a range of projects of different scales: effectively a masterplan approach broken into parts, and managed as two parallel works streams: buildings and landscape.

In our response to the architectural brief, we brought a holistic strategy as well as design detail to maximise impact with minimum disturbance, carefully tuned to site and context. We developed a number of options for the various sites across the cemetery in collaboration with Conservation Architects Acanthus Clews; Structural engineers engineers HRW; service engineers Clearwater; access consultant Jane Simpson; planning consultant Montagu Evans; and transport consultant Steer.


In developing a number of options we explored the principles below:

The right activity in the right place
Finding efficiency and flexibility in adjacent relationships
Flexibility to adapt to a range of uses
Protecting and enhancing the sense of sanctuary
Increasing presence while managing impact

Site plan highlighting historically significant buildings
Analysis of routes across the entrance and chapel site
Analysis of routes across the entrance and chapel site
1 / 3 Site plan highlighting historically significant buildings
Catacombs as existing
Catacombs as existing
Highgate Cemetery 1930
1 / 3 Catacombs as existing
East aspect and view to chapel from mound site
Potential for south facing lower courtyard as cafe / orientation space
Northern aspect of WC Block site can be improved with south facing rooflight
Out of hours potential for events without impacting on sensitivity of memorial services and burials
1 / 4 East aspect and view to chapel from mound site
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