Hemel Hempstead Crematorium
Watford Borough Council on behalf of West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee (WHCJC)
2. Provide landscape works including car-parking, memorial gardens, woodland areas, long grass meadows with mown grass paths and hard landscaped entrance forecourt to the crematorium.
3. Respect the landscape and reduce the visual impact of the building by shielding the building with turfed and planted bunds and mounds
4. Develop and celebrate the bio-diversity and ecology on the site to develop a holistic and integrated landscape and crematorium
5. Construct using materials that are robust and hard wearing yet contextually and environmentally appropriate.
The building design has been developed with the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee. The brief has been interrogated against the backdrop of previous crematoria designed by Haverstock over the last 20 years. A priority has been placed on clear circulation for visitors to avoid mourners from consecutive services overlapping and creation of efficient staff management and circulation routes for effective day-to-day running and operations. Establishing and maintaining a strong sense of place using landscape and building features has been given careful consideration, as has the sites challenging characteristics.
Renders by Blackpoint Design.