Work has completed on this £180,000 funeral directors building in Wirksworth, Derbyshire by Matlock-based practice Evans Vettori
The two-block scheme for T Greatorex and Sons is enclosed on three sides by a haulage yard, dentist surgery and a garden wall of the former Wirksworth Hall.
According to the practice, the public and private areas of the building join at the chapel of rest in the centre of the rear block, ‘defined with a private reflection courtyard’.
The architects’ view
The client wanted to take this sweeping corner site and build a purpose designed funeral directors premises amongst the mix of typology.
The constraints of this angular site and requirement to be able to turn and park a hearse safely on site led to the accommodation being pushed to the boundaries and the creation of a central courtyard. To the front a reception provides a public street frontage to the business. A glazed link connects this to the private accommodation consisting of a waiting area, chapel of rest and preparation rooms. The internal courtyard is enclosed by timber cladding, whilst a solid brick exterior provides privacy from the adjacent activity, with glimpses through panels of mesh bond brickwork.