Next step for Crimond Crematorium proposal

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

Plans for a new Buchan crematorium have taken another step forward after detailed designs for the facility were reviewed by council officials.

An artist’s impression of the proposal for Aberdeenshire’s first crematorium at Crimond has been unveiled following discussions between Aberdeenshire Council’s Design Panel and the project team behind the plan.

Edinburgh-based architect David Gauld said the surrounding landscape had a huge influence on the design with the aim to incorporate as many natural materials as possible to be as environmentally friendly and visually sympathetic to the countryside.

As a result the building will be insulated using locally supplied straw bales and the roof will be finished with a turf blanket to sit naturally in the Aberdeenshire backdrop. In addition, under floor heating will be supplied using ground source heat pumps.

Councillors voted in favour of a proposal for the £3million crematorium at Hillhead Road, Crimond, just north of Mintlaw between Peterhead and Fraserburgh, in December.

The intention is that the building will be designed to meet current EU standards and will have a state of the art cremation system. It will be constructed as far as possible utilising locally sourced sustainable materials and will be as carbon neutral as possible.

David Gauld, the Edinburgh-based architect behind the development said, “Every effort has been made throughout the design process to make this facility as visually sympathetic to its surroundings as possible and following a positive meeting with Aberdeenshire Council’s design panel we will now be able to progress our plans with a view to submitting them for final approval in the coming weeks.”

The crematorium will feature two state of the art cremators, a chapel capable of seating around 300 mourners, a garden of remembrance and car parking for 180 cars.

It will operate from 10am to 4pm Monday-Friday, 10am to noon on Saturdays and be closed on Sundays. The construction phase would create about 20 jobs with five full-time staff expected to be employed on completion.