Cheltenham’s new crematorium construction begins

 

Cheltenham Borough Council has given the go ahead to start construction of Cheltenham’s new crematorium.

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.

Cabinet member for clean and green environment, Councillor Chris Coleman says: “Following our 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.”
Incorporating Cotswold stone features the buildings will reflect their setting in the landscape and will benefit from extensive views towards the hills, generating a 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.

For further information residents and service users can visit: www.cheltenham.gov.uk/new-crem.