South Somerset District Council is recruiting an architect for a £1.3 million overhaul of Yeovil Crematorium
The winner of the £50,000 contract will refurbish and extend the single-storey 1970s structure on Bunford Lane, which currently hosts more than 1,700 cremations every year.
The £1.3 million project, planned to complete in 2019, will deliver a new 160-capacity chapel while also converting the existing chapel into a waiting room and create a second, smaller chapel. Internal alterations, a new building façade and improved landscaping will also be delivered.
According to the brief: ‘The design of the existing facility is considered somewhat dated with the chapel described by many to be cramped and gloomy. The use of the crematorium has changed over the years. It is clear that there is now a need for a larger chapel to cater for increasing numbers of mourners.
‘We are seeking a design that possesses the “wow” factor which will enable us to build a reputation as one of the finest crematoriums with the best facilities in the area. All building works, particularly those to the proposed converted waiting room and new chapel would need to be completed with a high-quality finish. It is important to create the right atmosphere and environment for those members of the community who are attending a lifetime event.’
Yeovil is a historic market town in south Somerset. It developed into a major hub for aircraft and defence-sector manufacturing in the 20th century with the Westland Aircraft plant is located a short distance from the crematorium.
The crematorium was created in the 1970s on a suburban site in the west of the town. The phased project aims to transform the complex into a ‘first-class facility’ for Yeovil and the surrounding area.
The scheme will deliver a new chapel with capacity for 160 people while also reconfiguring the existing building internally and externally. Planned improvements include converting the existing chapel into a waiting room, creating a second smaller chapel and also upgrading the cloisters.
Interested parties must submit a fee proposal and outline concept for the new facility. Submissions will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on price.
A project manager, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical consultant, contract administrator and landscape architect will be appointed separately.
The deadline for applications is midday, 17 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
South Somerset District Council
The Council Office
Tel: +44 1935462007