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Haverstock wins planning for Aylesbury crematorium

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Aylesbury Vale District Council has approved plans for this new £4million crematorium designed by architects Haverstock and landscape experts Plincke

The 580m² scheme in Aylesbury is due to start on site in May and expected to open in mid-2016. Haverstock has previously worked on crematoria at Telford and Amersham.

The architect’s view

‘The scheme is a sensitive response to a rural landscape environment and a series of programmatic requirements: clear and unimpeded movement of visitors from arrival to departure; uplifting yet dignified spaces for the mourning party; landscape and commemoration that provide a space for memory and evocation; a form and materiality that provides reassurance and solace.  The relationship between the building and its context is reinforced by the undulating roofscapes, with their sedum coverings, and the use of natural materials in both the structure and cladding.

‘Developing concepts first employed in other crematoria, the chapel space at Aylesbury features a large glazed window to aid the grieving process of the mourners by offering views to a formal garden with reflection pool and to the bucolic landscape beyond. This relationship with the landscape is further consolidated by the sheltered waiting areas at the entrance, and in the cloistered route from the chapel to the floral tribute area.

‘The landscape character of the surrounding area is reflected in the linear hedgerows and wild-grass areas which provide a pastoral backdrop for those who return to commemorate loved ones.’

Project data

Architects: Haverstock
Location: Aylesbury
Type Of Project: Crematorium
Project Architect: James Corcoran
Structural Engineers: Elliott Wood
M&E Consultant: RHB Partnership
Quantity surveyor: Baqus
Planning supervisor: Define
Landscape Architect: Plincke 
 Chilterns District Council
Tender date: March 2015
Start on site date: May 2015
Gross internal floor area: 580m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional

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