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Bushey New Cemetery wins award
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Friday 1st June 2018

The United Synagogue’s Bushey New Cemetery has won a RIBA Regional Award at this year’s ceremony. The cemetery was designed by Waugh Thistleton and this honour follows last year’s Religion Award for a completed project at the World Architecture Festival. The RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture.  

The cemetery makes use of natural features and landscaping with an environmentally sensitive approach. Visitors to the new site will notice the creative use of a range of water features, flora and fauna. 

One interesting feature of the state-of-the-art prayer halls is their use of ‘rammed earth’ which utilises highly compressed natural materials to form walls which will then be clad with timber creating a thermally massive building – meaning that the fabric of the halls will store heat in the cold and stay cool in the summer.

Talking about the award, US Property Director, Lali Virdee said: “We are delighted that the New Bushey Cemetery has won another award which once again highlights the amount of hard work and thoughtfulness that has gone into ensuring that visitors to the cemetery have a meaningful experience.”

Andrew Waugh, Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, said: “We are very proud that New Bushey Cemetery has been awarded with one of the most prestigious architectural prizes in the UK. It’s a credit to the community; the support and encouragement that they have shown for architectural quality has been recognised.”