Roof timbers go on new crematorium

TAKING SHAPE: The new crematorium that will open before the end of the year. SG210513-558NG
TAKING SHAPE: The new crematorium that will open before the end of the year. SG210513-558NG

Almost all the roof timbers are now in place at the £2million crematorium taking shape on the outskirts of Surfleet.

Two more roof sections will be hoisted into place by crane next week on the site just off the roundabout on the A152 link road.

Andrew Bowser, one of the developers behind the South Lincolnshire Crematorium, said: “It’s going well as you can see from the progress on site.”

Mr Bowser said the crematorium will open this year, but the planned “operational day” is not yet being made public because “there’s an awful lot of variables”.

Once the building is fully water tight, it’s expected the crematorium equipment will be received on site during July and work will kick into overdrive with all trades on site.

The landscaping is complete and the greenery includes 200 specimen trees – one of the biggest orders placed for mature trees in the east of England during 2012 – and 1.2km of native hedging.

A large, planted earth bank screens the front edge of the site to dampen traffic noise and make the area around the crematorium a more tranquil setting.

Mr Bowser said there are ten men working on site most days.

He said: “D Brown Builders of Moulton are the main contractors and we are working very successfully with them.”

South Holland currently has no crematorium and bereaved families face journeys of an hour or more, often in heavy traffic, to reach those in Boston, Grantham, Peterborough or King’s Lynn.

Features of the new building will include:

l an 80 seater chapel with a covered flower court

l a ten acre parkland setting

l a 2.5 acre wild flower meadow, providing an area of bio-diversity