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April 23 2013

Crathes Crematorium proposal goes before planners
Plans to erect a new crematorium at Crathes, Deeside, have been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by Brian Smith Funeral Services.

Designed by WCP Architects the crematorium would incorporate a chapel and garden of remembrance on land owned by the Leys Estate after the need for such a facility was identified by Aberdeenshire Council as a priority.

At present 70 per cent of all UK deaths now followed by cremation, with the remainder opting for burial.

It would be the first crematorium to be built in the council area, negating the need for travel to the nearest facility in Aberdeen, and serving a population of 250,000.

Inspired by its woodland setting the scheme takes its cue from the natural landscape through an organic timber clad form and will use a heat exchanger off the cremator to heat the building, with a bio-mass plant providing back-up heat.
Extensive landscaping work will bed the building into its surroundings, mitigating its car park
Extensive landscaping work will bed the building into its surroundings, mitigating its car park
The crematorium will undertake up to four cremations a day
The crematorium will undertake up to four cremations a day

2 Comments

Basil
#1 Posted by Basil on 23 Apr 2013 at 18:30 PM
Very odd composition of shape and form...the arched entrance and roof form does not sit well. "Organic timber clad form"? Seems like more influence from the stunning landscape of the river dee and its surroundings could have been used to inform the design.
Mark
#2 Posted by Mark on 26 Apr 2013 at 22:42 PM
Very unusual form - the view of the approach appears aggressive, and the composition seems more about 'making a statement' than creating a space that's considered, contextual and reflective.

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