July start for crematorium expansion project

Impression of new chapel – courtesy of Trewin Design Architects Ltd.

Posted on: 15 May 2015

A 35-week project to deliver a new crematorium hall at North Devon Crematorium will begin this summer.

Plans for the £1.14 million expansion project were approved by North Devon Council’s Planning Committee in March 2015. Last week, South West Highways was awarded the contract to complete the work, which is being funded jointly by North Devon and Torridge district councils.

A new 256 seat crematorium hall will be built on part of the existing car park and additional parking spaces will be provided on the higher car park. The existing hall will be retained to allow for smaller, more intimate services to take place.

Manager of North Devon Crematorium, Mark Drummond, says: “This will be a wonderful crematorium hall. With modern facilities, 256 seats and standing room for more, we will be able to accommodate large services in comfort. The growth in attendances since our opening in 1966 has meant that the existing facilities have struggled, with large crowds stood outside in all weathers and that will be a thing of the past. During the works we will do our utmost to minimise any disturbance to services.”

Work will begin at the end of July for a period of 35 weeks. There may be some disruption to visitors during the construction of the new crematorium hall. However, plans are in place to minimise noise and disruption during services. Full details of the project will be displayed onsite at the crematorium and online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/crematorium closer to the time.

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