Winchester-based Design Engine has beaten five other practices to win an invited competition to design a crematorium in the New Forest
The 500m² scheme on the ’uniquely peaceful and spiritual’ site near New Milton, Hampshire, has already gone out to public consultation ahead of an outline planning application to New Forest District Council.
Project backer New Forest Crematorium Company - which is not disclosing the full contest shortlist - said it had ‘identified significant local demand for a new high-quality crematorium’ in the area.
The company pointed to research showing that people in the UK now prefer to be cremated rather than buried.
According to survey data only a third of the population wanted to be cremated 60 years ago. That proportion rose to 73.4 per cent in 2008.
Rodney Graham, director of Design Engine, said: ’The project presents a rare opportunity to work on a very different building type with diverse requirements for its users, all set in a stunning location.’
Design Engine’s competition-winning scheme for a crematorium in the New Forest
: New Milton, Hampshire
Type of project : Crematorium
Client : Jeremy Hinton, New Forest Crematorium Company
Architect : Design Engine Architects
Landscape architect : Indigo Landscape Architects
Planning consultant : Jackson Planning
Ecology consultant: ECOSA
Funding : Private
Gross internal floor area : 500m²
Total cost: confidential
Design Engine’s competition-winning proposal for a crematorium in the New Forest