Crematorium planned for Deeside

An architect group has revealed plans for a new crematorium in Crathes.

WCP architects have submitted a detailed Planning Application to Aberdeenshire Council for the new site on behalf of Brian Smith Funeral Services Limited.

It is hoped the new crematorium will provide better access to cremation facilities in Deeside, and the rest of Aberdeenshire.

The region, which is approximately 2,500 square miles with an approximate population of 250,000, has no cremation facilities.

The nearest crematorium for many in the area is on the outskirts of Aberdeen, situated off the B9119, Skene Road about four miles west of the city centre.

The proposed site, which is owned by Leys Estate, has been selected as appropriate for the development of a crematorium due to its transport links, near to key settlements and is centrally located in Aberdeenshire.

Cremation remains the most popular way of saying goodbye to the deceased with approximately 20% of UK deaths followed by cremation with 30% followed by burial.

Aberdeenshire Council invited expressions of interest from potential developers in March 2009 to tackle the lack of cremation facilities in the ‘Shire.

The proposed crematorium will comprise a Chapel to accommodate up to 100 mourners together with a Garden of Remembrance, car parking and landscaping. It is proposed that the crematorium will provide up to four cremations per day.

A statement released by WCP arcitechts said: “The design by WCP architects has been inspired by its woodland setting and the symbolism provided by the surrounding landscape.

The concept of nature, its endless philosophy of recreation, living and dying is very fitting for the organic form of the crematorium; a modern contemporary timber clad building.

The low carbon building will use a heat exchanger off the cremator to heat the building, with a bio-mass plant providing back-up heat.”

WCP has experience working with churches, having worked on Saints Peter and Paul church in Keddington, St Mary The Vigin in Bacton and St Mary’s church in Buxhall.