Work is well underway to provide a new crematorium for Gedling borough residents.
The crematorium is set to open before the end of the year and is expected to look after four to five funerals per day, relieving pressure on the existing crematoria at Bramcote, Nottingham (Wilford Hill) and Mansfield, which are amongst the busiest in the country.
Construction work on the new facility started in the spring. Richard Evans, Managing Director of crematorium operator the Westerleigh Group, has been to review how the building is taking shape in character with its rural setting.
“You can now see now how the building sits into the landscape in the way that we promised. There is still much more work to complete but we are pleased with progress so far,” commented Mr Evans.
“I am confident that local residents in time will see this as a real asset to the community. We appreciate that the surrounding landscape is special and this allows everyone who attends a funeral to draw comfort from this wonderful natural setting.”
Most of the builders on site are from local companies. The brick is supplied by Ibstock who are based locally at Dorket Head, just minutes from the site.
Commenting on the development, Stuart Leslie, Operations Director of Esh Build said: “The Westerleigh Group is a leading operator in its sector and these contracts are testament to the rigour of our approach. This is a complex build with the important requirement to be considerate of local residents.”
Cllr John Clark, Leader of Gedling Borough Council said: “We are pleased that this project is underway. It is providing jobs for local people. Families will soon be able to make use of the new crematorium.”
From left: Michael Murgatroyd and Terry Smith from Esh, Richard Evans from Westerleigh, Cllrs Michael Payne and John Clark from Gedling Borough Council.