Contractors have been appointed for the construction of Hambleton’s state-of-the-art crematorium.
Experienced contractor, Willmott Dixon, will begin work on the site on the outskirts of Thirsk in the first week of November.
The multi-million-pound Hambleton District Council project will feature a revolutionary electric cremator to reduce emissions and therefore the area’s carbon footprint.
The 22-acre site near Busby Stoop, is close to both the A1 and A19 and will include a service hall to accommodate approximately 120 mourners plus additional room for standing. There will also be an entrance foyer, waiting lobby, offices and a family room.
As well as this, the single storey facility will include a wake facility and café with beautiful views out over the Hambleton hills. Once completed the site will also offer a memorial garden, meadows and a wooded area making it a calm and peaceful place for reflection or for scattering ashes.
Temporary access will be created for use throughout the build, to ensure the landscaping can mature as much as possible, ready for the opening.
Leader of Hambleton District Council, Coun Mark Robson, said: “I’m delighted we are getting this much needed and significant development underway in November.
“Undoubtedly, this facility is vital for our district, with mourners currently having to travel at least 40 minutes to lay their loved ones to rest, and often having to wait lengthy times to get a slot which is an added strain at an already difficult time.
“I am confident the state-of-the-art facility combined with the rural setting will offer people an appropriate and peaceful experience.”
Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the north, said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Hambleton District Council to create a facility that will serve the local community as a place of remembrance for people of all faiths and cultures, and, fit sensitively into the surrounding landscape.
“As founding members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, we believe in being good neighbours, and, in delivering projects that leave a lasting local legacy far beyond bricks and mortar; that all can be proud of.
“Working with local supply chain partners wherever possible and creating local employment opportunities are a hugely important way in which we support our communities, as is empowering local causes and organisations that directly change the lives of those in need.”
Willmott Dixon, who is experienced in building crematoriums, is signed up to the “considerate constructors’ scheme” which reinforces their commitment to best practice.
The development work will take several months to complete.