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Haverstock submits plans for £6m Gainsborough Crematorium

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London-based practice Haverstock has submitted plans for a £6 million crematorium in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

The 565m² scheme includes a main chapel which can extend into the lobby, allowing flexibility to accommodate both large and intimate services.

The roof of the ‘serene and peaceful’ building has been designed in a butterfly shape to conceal the chimney. 

According to the practice, the entrance will provide ‘a strong orientation to the chapel, and shelter for the congregation’. 

Haverstock began initial feasibility work in March 2017, carrying out an analysis of the proposed site and testing of the brief set by West Lindsey District Council.

Construction is due to start next summer and to complete in 2019.

View 3 internal chapel view

View 3 internal chapel view

Architect’s view

The serene and peaceful elevations reflect a simple architectual concept which focuses on the importance of the chapel space by use of a higher volume. The entrance dominates the arrival to the crematorium, helping to maintain the flow of mourners and to give clarity to the individual services and giving the utmost dignity to each family. Roads and pedestrian routes have been carefully considered to reduce the risk of crossover – which leads to confusion at best, and distress at worst – and to ensure the site is sensitively set within the landscape.

Project data

Location Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Type of project New build crematorium
Client West Lindsey District Council
Architect Haverstock
Landscape architect Plincke
Structural engineer Elliot Wood
M&E consultant EP Consulting
Quantity surveyor Faithful + Gould
Project Manager Faithful + Gould
CDM principal designer Goddard Consulting
Funding Local authority
Tender date Spring 2018
Start on site date Summer 2018
Completion date 2019
Contract duration 24 months
Gross internal floor area 565m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and build
Total cost £6 million

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