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Work begins on new £10 million Crematorium for Guildford

The first phase of an important project to update the facilities at Guildford Crematorium is now underway. The Council is investing £10 million to replace the existing buildings with new facilities fit for everyone who uses its services today.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance says: "We are investing £10 million in a new, improved Guildford Crematorium which will better serve the needs of people who use our services today. It will allow us to offer a more personalised, flexible service and help provide a supportive and caring environment for the bereaved. As expectations, faiths and customs have changed over the years, we will be able to accommodate these in our new setting."

The redeveloped building will provide:

  • a flexible and intimate chapel, suitable for both small and large services, able to accommodate up to 200 mourners

  • an improved experience within the chapel, with views of landscaped courtyards, improved natural lighting and acoustics, flexible seating and a peaceful, reflective environment

  • a larger waiting room with extended, covered outdoor waiting areas

  • a new Memorial Courtyard, Book of Remembrance Room, Flowers Room and Floral Tribute, overlooking a reflective pool

  • improved parking facilities and on site access roads

  • a new Gardens of Remembrance with an improved choice of memorials.

The initial work will be to provide a new access road. Interim facilities, including a chapel, waiting room and offices, will be available on site while the redevelopment takes place - these will open later this summer. There will be space for up to 120 mourners to attend each service during this time.

Guildford Crematorium currently performs 1,800 cremations per year and many people also visit the memorial gardens to pay their respects.

The appointed design team, led by the award-winning architects Haverstock LLP, have worked closely with the Council to produce a design working within the site constraints and addressing the need to improve facilities and services. Buxton Building Contractors have been appointed by the Council to construct the scheme.
For the latest information, please see our Crematorium redevelopment pages.

Published on Tuesday 8 May.