Cheltenham’s new crematorium to open on time and on budget
Published on 23rd January 2019
First services are set to be held in Cheltenham's new crematorium Monday 4 March 2019.
Following major £8.5m redevelopment works, the first services are set to be held in Cheltenham’s new crematorium at Bouncer’s Lane Cemetery on Monday 4 March 2019.
An open day has been arranged from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 2 March so that members of the public can visit and view the new buildings and grounds.
Following extensive consultation with local residents in 2015 which gained overwhelming support for plans for a new building, work started in 2017 to provide two new chapels with a contemporary yet sensitive 21st century design to the east of the original cemetery.
The new state of the art chapels also feature Cotswold stone which is sympathetic to the local landscape setting and further benefits from extensive views towards the hills. Shrubs and wild flowers will continue to be planted as the seasons develop providing enhancements to the tranquil spaces surrounding the buildings and views towards the escarpment.
Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment says: “This is a significant moment for Cheltenham’s bereavement services and the new facilities will provide a first class service for our residents, the surrounding areas, and all who will use our bereavement services.
“The beautiful new chapels take full advantage of their tranquil environment and having two new chapels means we’ll be able to give a wider offer for all our community’s faiths and also some lower rates to help with funeral poverty.”
Ben Jenkins, bereavement services manager, continues: “The past few years have been a challenging time for the staff working in our bereavement services team and I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication they have shown delivering this service to the public, while coping with all the challenges they faced on a daily basis.
“With the new facility, I am looking forward to the future of bereavement services, and what we can now offer to all who will use our first class provision for many years to come.”
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Bookings for cremations will be taken from Monday 28 January 2019 for Monday 4 March 2019 onwards.
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, created a sensitive contemporary design that is appropriate to the 21st century but which respects the local context and character whilst providing a much needed modern cremation service for bereaved families.
The council worked with contractor Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd.
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.
Parking will be available for over 100 vehicles.
Further information about the project including artist impressions are available to view at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/new-crem.