The Cenotaph project

Latest news

During the removal of the lower section of the cenotaph, two time capsules were found! Unfortunately one of these had suffered extreme water damage and was beyond salvage, however the second time capsule is in very good condition and we're pleased to confirm that Warrington Museum have kindly agreed to display these artefacts very soon.

Piling works have now been completed ahead of schedule and we're now in the process of returning the area to how it was before the stabilisation scheme began.

Time capsule contents

Here's a few fascinating images of the time capsules we found within the lower section of the monument.

Working with schools

Together with Balfour Beatty and Culture Warrington we're working with local schools to educate them about the Cenotaph Works, the reasons why the Cenotaph is in place and also working in the construction industry. A number of school visits have taken place and pupils are preparing materials to input into the new time capsules and wreath hangers. Here's a visit of pupils and teachers from St James Primary School in Latchford:

Why are we doing these works?

Removal of the Cenotaph monument is required in order to complete piling to stabilise the river bank. The scheme is expected to be completed for Remembrance Day 2019.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the project team. If you'd like to be kept up to date on the scheme progress you can join our mailing list.

Project information

Our objective is to structurally improve the supporting river bank and wall that's situated to the north of the Cenotaph. As part of the scheme we'll also be upgrading the appearance around the monument, including improvements to paving, lighting and general access.

The scheme will be delivered on a design and build basis by contractors Balfour Beatty through the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Framework. Balfour Beatty has engaged with the consultants Ramboll Ltd who have a specialist team of professionals with experience in delivering high profile heritage projects.


The Cenotaph is a Grade II listed monument and is part of the Bridge Street Conservation Area. Listed Building Consent and planning permission were required for the improvement works to take place.


The budget for the scheme is anticipated to be around £1.1m, which will be refined as the project develops. All expenditure is subject to Executive Board approval.

Key dates

  • Work to start on site – 7 January
  • Site surveys including ground investigation – December 2018
  • Start of initial construction works – post Remembrance Sunday 2018
  • Listed Building Consent and planning application – March 2018
  • Award of construction contract at Executive Board – September 2018

Contact us 

You can sign up for regular email project updates or to ask a question please email the project team.

Artist's impression