Lea Fields Crematorium

Location

Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Main contractor

Willmott Dixon

Architects

Haverstock

Overview

Haverstock Architects have designed the award-winning Lea Fields Crematorium to provide an elegantly thoughtful space for memorial and respectful ancillary facilities. Taking its name from the nearby village of Lea in Gainsborough, the project has been widely recognised for its success through being shortlisted for numerous awards in 2021, including winning the 'Architects' Choice' at the Brick Awards and the Civic Trust Award.

The £6m project was managed by Willmott Dixon, whom Taylor Maxwell worked with to specify and supply the exclusive Carsington Cream facing brick, from our Select Range, which were expertly installed by Phoenix Brickwork (UK) Ltd.

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Concept

The crematorium has a single chapel for seating 100 people and an additional 50 standing. In the wider site there is a new memorial facility, known as Remembrance Court, which features the Book of Remembrance and Flowers Room.

There was one main priority for the build, which was to ensure that groups of mourners did not mix upon entering or leaving the site. Therefore, great consideration was taken to the structure and flow of the crossover roads and pedestrian routes within the landscape.

The crematorium benefits from the addition of formal and informal landscaped gardens, which produces a border of serenity to envelop the warm and calming tones of the building itself. The brick colour incorporates an ‘earthy’ palette of natural cream tones, with the addition of timber and bronze framed window panels, to complete a building which perfectly represents the peaceful and neutral memorial space offered.

Completion

The brick was carefully considered to produce a building that blends smoothly into the landscape and continue the tranquillity of the space. The use of other natural materials, in addition to the brickwork, carefully grounds the building for a reassuring presence amongst the gardens.

Upon its completion, the project has deservedly been recognised by the Brick Awards, Civic Trust Awards, AJ Architecture Awards, LABC Building Excellence Awards and SPACES Awards for its contribution to the civil architecture sector. The build masterfully illustrates the result of thoughtful architectural application to produce a much needed place of peaceful commemoration for bereaved families both in and around West Lindsey.

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