3rd September 2018 marked a new phase of the Sutton New Hall cemetery with the formal opening of the new extension in a ceremony hosted by Cllr Sharon Thompson, Birmingham City Council Cabinet member for Homes and Neighbourhoods. The occasion was the culmination of a very special and unique two and a half year project for a hybrid team of experts from Acivico and framework contractor Balfour Beatty.

The £7.4 million pound project commissioned by Birmingham City Council bereavement services started in December 2016 with the objective of extending the capacity of the existing cemetery by providing 12,000 new burial spaces over the 40 acre site.

The use of a unique drainage trenching machine was required in order to dig to the required depth and to comply with environmental agency standards protecting a variety of local nature sites of conservation importance including Langley brook.

The team managed to secure the rare Mastenbroek 50/60 machine, the only one of its type based in the UK which provided up to 200m of filter drainage and generating up to 300 tonnes of soil daily. Careful planning of the works around the high voltage power cables crossing the site meant disruption to the local neighbourhood was avoided.

Although the project was completed in June of this year, the new phase in the life cycle of the North Birmingham cemetery was commemorated in the official opening on 3rd September. Acivico project manager Kulvinder Singh who gave his reflections of the project at the occasion said;

“It’s been a privilege to work on this unique and challenging project .The varied and extensive demands of the works meant we had to consider the requirement for  unusually deep trenches,  the availability of rare but vital machinery and the close proximity of the site to local preservation areas. This all had to be carefully and respectfully planned  around the day to day running of the cemetery in close liaison with staff and local residents which required supreme team work  and detailed co-ordination ‘.

The whole team were very proud to celebrate the handover of this modern, peaceful and serene space which has extended the use of the cemetery for local families for another 40 years”

Interesting facts and figures… Each project Acivico undertakes has its own complexities and can present myriad challenges, but a site such as a burial ground requires very careful and specific treatment. Some interesting facts and figures from the project included a requirement for;

2.5 km of access roads

240 gullies

3.5km of storm drainage

2.5km grave headers

200 Muslim grave liners   

1km of water pipes

300 trees

Take a look at the project blog here >>

Working with the community….As usual the Acivico contractor Balfour Beatty fulfilled all aspects of its commitment to the city and the Birmingham Business charter through diligent community liaison and positive social value delivered back to the local area.

This ranged from an impressive £577k spend on local employment and skills (95% of workers were drawn from the local area),  a hefty 14.6 thousand tonnes of material reused on site resulting in £45k saving and an admirable £1,700 being raised for local charities.

Acivico supplied project management, architectural services, quantity surveying, principal designer and clerk of works for this diverse project. For further information on how Acivico can meet your challenging requirements please contact::

Chris Hall;  07548 712955 / Christopher.Hall@acivico.co.uk