Shay Grange Crematorium, Heaton

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Summary

Sector
Community facilities
Value
£9.5m
Status
Completed
Customer
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Completion
August 2023
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A new state-of-the-art facility for all gatherings’ sizes and religions, serving the community in North Bradford

Mourners can now say farewell to their loved ones in a modern and comfortable new crematorium.

With two chapels connected by the central catafalque area, services of under 20 to over 150 seating can equally be catered for. This flexibility at Heaton Crematorium allows the space to cater for gatherings of different sizes while having the feel of the space being just the right size.

With parking facilities for up to 199 cars with overflow capacity to allow for 300 cars and drop-off spaces for coaches, makes sure there is no added anxiety of finding a space, and mourners can concentrate on their visit to the crematorium.

New staff accommodation within the facility houses the crematorium operatives as well as most of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC) Bereavement Services.

A comfortable experience

Clever design of the building has created a one-way system for mourners, maximising the space to allow services to closely follow each other without impacting the experience for those attending each service.

After arriving to the crematorium, the mourners' journey begins from the car park to the waiting room through the central "processional axis" where the service takes place.

Following the ceremony, mourners can visit the viewing room which is a special space for those who wish to witness the moment of the coffin being loaded into the cremator.

A beautiful floral tribute awaits the mourners after the service which is located adjacent to the limousine bays near the memorial garden and water feature. The book of remembrance is in a small pavilion which marks the end of the ceremonial journey. Visitors are free to immerse in the naturalistic gardens and peaceful atmosphere.

Sustainable construction

Heaton Crematorium has been designed to meet the needs of the 21st century. The high-quality facility brings much-needed capacity to the area and includes new abatement technology to reduce the service's carbon emissions.

The facility has replaced the nearby Nab Wood Crematorium which was no longer fit-for-purpose.

The new crematorium is part of Bradford Council's Bereavement Strategy which is being implemented to upgrade and enhance existing service and facilities. This plan includes the new crematoria, the refurbishment of Oakworth Crematorium, and the already completed extension of the Muslim burial ground at Scholemoor, estimated to be around £24 million in total. 

The project was a Single Stage D&B Tender and procured through the City of Bradford Contractors Framework.