Hemel Hempstead Crematorium
Watford Borough Council on behalf of West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee (WHCJC)
The asymmetric layout and catafalque will provide intimacy, regardless of the size of congregation at any given service. The Protected View gives the chapel light, visual amenity and relief to this
space. This view fully utilises the surrounding landscape as a backdrop. The works comprise extensive landscaping, including car-parking, memorial gardens, woodland areas, long grass meadows with mown grass paths, and hard landscaped entrance forecourt to the crematorium.
The building design has been developed with the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee. 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.