Guildford Borough Council are developing a new crematorium as part of a £10 million scheme.
It is being developed by Haverstock Architects and Landscape Architects, Plincke, and will replace the existing 1960’s single-storey brick facility.
The Farncombe, Surrey site has prioritised visitors, with the landscape design distinctly segregating them via a sequence of circular routes to ensure consecutive congregations and returning visitors to memorial gardens do not mix.
The proposal intends to support the journey of those visitors in both a physical and emotional narrative. By leading the congregations through a sequence of gardens of different character, the landscape concept provides a “spatial narrative to the different stages of the grieving and reconciliation process.”
The concept aims to answer the challenges of the site constraints to create a coherent architectural and landscape ensemble.
Water is used in the form of a rill and reflective pool to aid in the processional nature of the site and provide a symbolic narrative for the different stages of life. This will be supported by high quality hard landscape and paving, and a varied planting palette along the circulation routes.
The project is currently seeking main contractors via an OJEU notice and registration on the Guildford Borough Council tendering portal.