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Design Engine wins contest for New Forest crematorium

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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

Design Engine’s competition-winning scheme for a crematorium in the New Forest

Model of the building proposed for a site near New Milton

Project data

: New Milton, Hampshire
Type of project
: Crematorium
: Jeremy Hinton, New Forest Crematorium Company
: Design Engine Architects
Landscape architect
: Indigo Landscape Architects
Planning consultant
: Jackson Planning
Ecology consultant: ECOSA
: Private
Gross internal floor area
: 500m²
Total cost: confidential

Design Engine's competition-winning proposal for a crematorium in the New Forest

Design Engine’s competition-winning proposal for a crematorium in the New Forest

Floor plan

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  • Absolutly disgusting that its a compertition to you all and a massive money spinner. This is not a joke nor a great idea so many residents are fuming and angry 1. For not being heard 2. Building a crematorium in a stupid place 3. Were the poor bastards that have to put up with it for yrs to come once that land is gone its destroyed forever. 380 signatures and 126 on the nfdc website obviously means nothing this isnt a fair debate or a democracy the council are suppose to be for the people by the people and clearly their not something doesnt add up oh yes thats right bucketlist and retired councillor springs to mind.😠😠😠

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