Lea Fields Crematorium wins Architects’ Choice at Brick Award

Fantastic news as Lea Fields Crematorium is announced as the 2021 Brick Architects’ Choice Award Winner.

“The project is a successful use of a budget driven brick and mortar that displays a certain unpretentious honesty.”

The first sight from the adjacent access road to elevated position is the striking building. This facility will soon become a feature with its arboreal back drop and distinctive lines. The site has been fully developed to provide a flow path allowing services to be held on an hourly basis. There are excellent areas dedicated to reflection and remembrance.The brick choice is a buff blend in which the budget had a large influence, entry level clay facing brick with natural bucket handled. Very neat and unassuming.

The new-build crematorium with single chapel for 100 people seated and 50 standing is located in parkland, near the village of Lea.   The main building includes a foyer space, chapel, cremator and ancillary areas. In the wider site, the new memorial facility, known as the Remembrance Court, incorporates the Book of Remembrance and Flowers Room.  

The earthy material palette of brick, timber and bronze help create a series of calming and contemplative spaces inside this crematorium. The materiality of the proposal comprises of three key elements: an elegant brick volume that defines the form of the building throughout; the use of natural materials both internally and externally to place the building within its landscape, and the carefully considered large bronze framed window panels to articulate the brick building and offer views across the wider site and beyond.