Lea Fields Crematorium, Lincolnshire – Projects
- West Lindsey District Council
The new build £6m crematorium is situated on a greenfield site in Lincolnshire. It has been designed to provide an overall feeling of tranquillity and peace for visitors and ensure privacy for different groups of mourners who may be visiting at the same time. The primary structural system is a steel frame with masonry and timber cladding.
The main building includes a central butterfly roof with feature faceted soffit to obscure views of the cremator chimney. This is juxtaposed by a shallow wide timber clad porte-cochere at the main entrance. The rear elevation also features a large cantilevered roof to shelter the congregation when progressing alongside the floral tribute and associated reflection pond within the landscape beyond.
A detailed analysis of the existing site topography and varying ground conditions helped to inform the positioning of the new building. The final location selected was a balance of reducing bulk excavation requirements whilst still providing DDA compliant circulation routes around the site.
Externally the greenfield setting provided ample opportunity for a truly sustainable drainage system including natural swales, filter drains and attenuation ponds.
Roads and pedestrian routes have been carefully considered to reduce the risk of crossover of mourners and to ensure the site is sensitively set within the landscape. The main building is supplemented by a Chapel of Remembrance placed specifically at the site’s highest point.