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New lease of life for Dewsbury Crematorium

April 20 2010

New lease of life for Dewsbury Crematorium
Planning approval has been granted to Aedas for a  £2.6m crematorium in Dewsbury, replacing an existing 1960’s facility.

Commissioned by Kirklees Metropolitan Council the building occupies a steeply sloping site which offers a panoramic aspect across the Lower Spen Valley.

Natural contours in the landscape inform the sculptural design which arcs above an orthogonal sandstone and granite plinth.

The roof tapers to a seven metre cantilever above the reception space and remembrance chapel, it then sweeps above to allow uninterrupted views of the surrounding valley from within.

Tiered gardens within the centre provide a contemplative environment for quiet remembrance.

Due to start on site in August 2010, the project will complete in July 2011.

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