£3million windfall predicted for NE construction firms

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The planned Aberdeenshire Crematorium Crimond could net north-east construction firms contracts worth up to £3million.

Contractors and building merchants are being asked to register their interest in tendering for contracts at the facility which is planned for the 18-acre site at Hillhead Road, Crimond, just north of Mintlaw between Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

NEW ABERDEENSHIRE CREMATORIUM AT CRIMMOND.''PICTURED LANDOWNER ALEX COWIE WITH THE PANS FOR THE NEW CREMATORIUM''PIC FOR BIG PARTNERSHIP BY ROSS JOHNSTON / NEWSLINE SCOTLAND

NEW ABERDEENSHIRE CREMATORIUM AT CRIMMOND.''PICTURED LANDOWNER ALEX COWIE WITH THE PANS FOR THE NEW CREMATORIUM''PIC FOR BIG PARTNERSHIP BY ROSS JOHNSTON / NEWSLINE SCOTLAND

Featuring two state of the art cremators, a chapel capable of seating around 300 mourners, a garden of remembrance and parking for 180 cars, construction would be split into phases incorporating the creation of access tracks, excavation and the laying of the foundations, erection of the building and extensive landscaping.

The construction phase is expected to start in July and take around 6 months to complete. Local contractors will be used where possible and materials for the building are expected to come from local sources.

Site owner Alex Cowie, said: “The project presents an exciting financial opportunity for local construction firms in terms of contracts and service provision. We would, where practicable, look to use north-east businesses to help turn this development into a reality and are keen to hear from those interested in tendering for the work.

“Not only will the crematorium provide much needed business for local construction firms, we would also expect there to be a positive impact on hotels and restaurants across the Mintlaw, Peterhead and Fraserburgh area for teas and lunches.”

Aberdeenshire Crematorium Crimond was approved by councillors in December. It is expected to create about 20 jobs during construction with five full-time staff employed on completion.

Firms can register their interest in providing services by contacting Aberdeenshire crematorium at Crimond at info@aberdeenshirecrematorium.com