Latest look at new crematorium

Here is the latest computer-generated look at Plymouth’s brand new crematorium.

The fly-through gives residents the best idea yet of how the new facility will look, with a sleek and modern, one storey exterior.

Inside there are light and open ceremony spaces featuring large windows, in keeping with the desire to provide a modern quality facility.

The new facility will be set in 17 acres of countryside on the eastern edge of the city, off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park. 

The designs were produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom and a construction partner is set to be announced in the coming months. It is hoped that building will begin by the end of the year.

The video is released as an extra £4 million was added to the project, following an executive decision by Council leader Tudor Evans.

The added investment brings the total project costs to around £16million and reflects the final building specifications and additional service fees associated with acquiring the land.

Furthermore, it ensures that a café, located on the site but away from the main crematorium building, is included in the project,. The café will be open all day to serve refreshments for people attending funerals and also for people visiting the site to pay their respects. There will also be a facility that families can hire for wakes.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Community Safety and Customer Focus, said: "I’m really excited by the plans and the new fly-through video, which really brings the project to life.

"This extra investment means new facility will be one of the very best in the south west and I can’t wait to see work begin.”

When the new crematorium is built, existing cemeteries at Efford and Weston Mill will continue to be active for burial and memorials with the chapels available for bookings.

More information on plans for the new crematorium can be found here – www.plymouth.gov.uk/futurecrem