Creating two new chapels to improve services and create a welcoming environment at Cheltenham Crematorium
Procured through the Scape Major Works framework, the £7.7m scheme provided a new crematorium containing two chapels, associated public waiting areas, crematory and staff facilities.
Designed to pick up on the character of traditional barns, the new crematorium appears as a series of connected buildings, utilising stone, slate and brick on the exterior. Inside, there are two new chapels (ceremony rooms), the largest for 150 people seated and a smaller for 75 seated. Designed to be a welcoming place, the spaces allow for lots of natural light and controlled ventilation.
Working with Cheltenham Borough Council, the scheme involved an extensive consultation process to ensure the final design met the council’s needs. In addition to the building design and construction, there was also careful consideration given to the existing trees and landscape, to ensure an attractive backdrop to crematorium as well as appropriate screening.
Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment, said:
‘The new facility provides a vastly improved service for local people.’
John Boughton, deputy managing director of Willmott Dixon in Wales and the West said:
‘We are pleased to have worked with Cheltenham Borough Council on this project. The new building provides a welcoming environment for the community; a significant improvement on what preceded it,’