Guildford Crematorium, London – Projects
- Community & Public
- Haverstock Associates
- Guildford Crematorium
Guildford Crematorium is being rebuilt to provide the space and facilities needed to meet demand. In addition to the new crematorium building, the wider site will also include extensive landscaping and a large reflecting pool alongside the Remembrance Court, a separate building containing a flowers room books of remembrance, to provide seclusion for visitors to pay their respects. The building makes use of exposed concrete columns and GRC cladding externally, with some areas of exposed concrete soffit internally. The exposed glulam chapel roof contains a series of fanning struts to improve structural efficiency while allowing dappled light into the chapel space and providing visual relief to visitors.
High quality temporary facilities are being provided on site, during the build, in order to maintain the operation of the crematorium and the design of the construction has been done in such a way as to minimise noise, vibration and dust pollution to the temporary facilities.
The below ground drainage strategy for the development has been designed to manage surface water at source. The proposed scheme takes into account water quantity, water quality, biodiversity and amenity benefits by incorporating a range of sustainable drainage systems, SuDS. Access roads across the site will drain to shallow swales and gravel trenches, which will provide flood, landscape & wildlife benefits.
The new visitors car park will incorporate a permeable paving system, which will both attenuate surface water and improve water quality via the removal of hydrocarbons. These SuDS features will be inter-linked, to ensure the system is hydraulically optimised. The proposed scheme has been developed closely with SuDS officers at Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council and will reduce the overall risk of flooding both on site and within the local area.