Fenland Crematorium, March

Client: Dignity PLC
Contract Value: £1.5m
Programme: 50 weeks
Completion Date: August 2010
Form of Contract: JCT Design & Build 2009
Contracts Manager: Colin Moore
Quantity Surveyor: Richard Foster
Site Manager: Phil Smith
Architect: Acanthus Clews
Engineer: Rutter Johnson

The project involved the construction of a single storey crematorium building with associated access roads, car parking and landscaping. The design included an Eternit slate roof fixed to timber rafters, bolted to a steel frame. Traditional external brick and block cavity wall, with brick tile panels were incorporated and internal finishes to the main chapel and public areas were in oak.

The site works initially involved the new side entrance crossing the existing drainage ditch, with bulk excavation works to regrade the existing site levels to form a plateau for the crematorium and memorial gardens above the zone 3 flood plain. The main memorial garden and surrounding landscape works were being carried out at an early stage to give an established landscape structure on completion. This enabled our client to fully operate from day one of occupation.

The project was completed on time and within budget due to an experienced construction team fully liaising with the local community and statutory authorities. A strict and well managed health and safety procedure was put in place to work around the existing 33 kilovolt overhead electricity cables that crossed the site. Using their knowledge and construction experience gained from previously working on crematorium projects, the construction team were able to revisit various areas of design and provide a facility of high quality for the end user.