Mourners can expect an environmentally-friendly and ‘visually sympathetic’ facility, say developers
Developers behind what is poised to be Aberdeenshire’s first crematorium have revealed their green vision for the multimillion-pound centre.
Edinburgh-based architect David Gauld is steering the project earmarked for Crimond, near Fraserburgh, and said mourners can expect an environmentally-friendly facility that is “visually sympathetic” to the local landscape.
He said underfloor heating from ground-sourced pumps are included in the plans, as well as proposals to collect rain for the crematorium’s water supply.
“We feel that measures like these are not only appropriate for this site and type of construction but are also an important part of good design practices,” said Mr Gauld. “We want to create a peaceful, serene place befitting its purpose, and the building should complement its surroundings rather than dominate them.
“It is also an increasingly important factor for new buildings to take a proactive and responsible approach to maximising energy efficiency and minimising their environmental impact.”
There are currently two separate proposals for crematoriums in Aberdeenshire going through the local authority’s planning process.
Plans for the £3million Crimond development, which has already won the backing of Buchan councillors, feature two furnaces and a chapel which could seat about 300 mourners.
There would also be a garden of remembrance and parking for 180 cars.
The construction phase would create about 20 jobs, with five full-time staff expected to be employed on completion of the project.
The other crematorium plan, earmarked for a 14-acre plot of land between Longside and Stuartfield, near Mintlaw, recently went on show to the public.
Peterhead funeral director Robert Mackie is working with local landowner and Buchan councillor Albert Howie on that scheme.