COMPLETE construction partner Stepnell has begun work on a new multi-million pound crematorium in the West Midlands.
The new facility, Waseley Hills Crematorium & Cemetery – located in Rubery, just south of Birmingham and north of Bromsgrove – will be operated by Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner-operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 35 sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
Waseley Hills will deliver much needed additional crematoria capacity and provide families with the choice of having access to high quality facilities and the highest quality service, all set within a beautiful and tranquil memorial park.
The crematorium is shaped as two interlocking ellipsis and constructed from a steel frame, with masonry and timber cladding and completed with a green roof.
The project is due for completion later this year, with the first services taking place in early 2022.
Adrian Barnes, regional director for Stepnell, said: “We’re delighted to have started work on site for this project, which will bring additional crematorium capacity to the area.
“We have worked closely with the team at the Westerleigh Group to develop a programme of work that meets the client’s requirements, as well as doing justice to the unique design.”
The crematorium’s dual elongated oval shape – complete with an ellipsis roof – will utilise significant amounts of natural light, space and materials to bring a sense of calm to the building, supporting grieving families in the most difficult of circumstances.
Bill Scott, regional manager at Westerleigh Group, said: “We’re excited with the development of our latest crematorium at Waseley Hills.
“We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care in beautiful settings, so families can remember, mourn and celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a way that is uniquely personal.
“We also enjoy a positive reputation for forging strong links with the communities around all our sites, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community in and around South Birmingham and Bromsgrove, while providing them with the highest standards of care, support and service.”