While most work at our cemeteries and memorials can take place without any inconvenience to visitors, every now and then we need to undertake major projects which require us to limit access and even close our sites to the public.
Starting in 2023 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are undertaking major restoration work on the Menin Gate. Built in the 1920’s, the gate has been exposed to the weather and pollution throughout its life and has required constant maintenance and care. To guarantee the long-term preservation of the Gate we are undertaking a full-scale restoration of the Memorial.
The restoration of the Menin Gate is a complex and challenging project. We are committed to undertaking the work in the most sustainable way possible. We are seeking to reduce the impact of the project on the environment and dramatically improving the Gates environmental credentials for the future. We will undertake much of the work on site, reducing the transportation of materials, and are committed to the conservation of the original materials, restoring, and not replacing where possible. Respect is integrated into our work; respect for the design, for the original materials, and for the traditional techniques used; respect for our neighbours and the environment; and respect for you, our valued visitors.
View the areas of restoration work taking place on the Menin Gate in the gallery below.