Cheltenham’s new crematorium reaches key milestone

Published on 9th October 2018

New cremator being lifted by a crane

Two new cremators delivered at £8.5m cemetery and crematorium development site.

The new crematorium at Bouncer’s Lane Cemetery reaches another milestone with two new cremators delivered yesterday, Monday 8 October.

This specialist equipment has been manufactured and installed by Leeds based company Facultatieve Technologies. The equipment will undergo a robust and lengthy period of testing for several months before being ready for use. During this time, the rest of the building work for the cemetery and chapels will be completed.

The £8.5m redevelopment – which remains within budget and on time to open in spring 2019 – provides two new chapels situated in a beautiful landscape setting just to the east of the current cemetery.

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: “This is a significant stage in the project and the best long term solution to our current issue with our existing cremators. When completed, the new facilities will provide a first class service for the residents of Cheltenham, the surrounding areas and all who will use our bereavement service.

 “We will continue to work hard to make sure our new crematorium remains on track and on budget to open in spring 2019.”

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Notes: The council is building two new chapels and a crematory to the east of the current cemetery at Bouncer’s Lane and is looking to open them for funeral services during spring 2019.

Following public consultation, 86 per cent of responses were in favour of building a new facility rather than continuing to use or modify the current buildings.

The architects, Roberts Limbrick of Gloucester, have created a sensitive contemporary design that is appropriate to the 21st century but respects the local context and character whilst providing a much needed modern cremation service for bereaved families.

Artist impressions – available to view at - give an idea of just how impressive the new buildings will be. By incorporating Cotswold stone features they will reflect their setting in the local landscape and will benefit from extensive views towards the hills, taking full advantage of the tranquil and beautiful environment. Parking will be available for over 100 vehicles.

Mourners will approach the new buildings through the cemetery grounds and will leave via a new road which will be developed to the south of the cemetery emerging onto Bouncer’s Lane.

The council is working with contractor Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd to minimise any impacts to the local community and to the operation of the cemetery and current crematorium whilst building work takes place.