The land for Plymouth’s new crematorium has been secured.
The 17-acre site on the eastern edge of the city, off Merafield Road near the Stag Lodge entrance to Saltram Park, was purchased by the Council earlier this week.
The transfer of the site marks another major milestone in the £12 million scheme, which will see Plymouth’s aging crematoria replaced with a state-of-the-art, modern facility.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “This is a really important milestone in our journey to the new facility, so it is exciting to be able to stand on the site and visualise how it will all look.
“It’s really important that we retain the peacefulness and beauty of this site and I think that the designs that we have complement it perfectly.”
The designs for the new crematorium have been developed with insights from the public and the funeral industry, received during consultation events held last year.
Produced by local architects Stride Treglown and Aecom, they show single-storey buildings nestled in green spaces with water pooled around the ceremony rooms.
Inside, light and open ceremony spaces with large windows are in keeping with the desire to provide a modern quality facility.
Reflective spaces will be created for memorials and scatterings alongside landscaping that embraces the local environment and ecology. It is also hoped that a green burial option will be available at the new site.
The existing cemeteries at Efford and Weston Mill will continue to be active for burial and memorials with the chapels available for bookings.
A building contractor will now be procured to complete the build with work on the site is set to begin later this year.
More information on plans for the new crematorium can be found here – www.plymouth.gov.uk/futurecrem