Plans for the major refurbishment of Aldershot Crematorium have been given the go ahead by Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet.
At a meeting on Tuesday 12 September, the Cabinet unanimously supported the business case for the investment project and £4.726m of funding for the work to start next year.
The project will help the council to make significant improvements to the facilities at Aldershot Crematorium, including the installation of a second cremator, a new roof, external cladding, extending the covered entrance and improving access for people with disabilities.
The work, which was given planning consent In July, will also support the council’s commitment to the environment and includes improved insulation, solar panels, heat harnessing and new windows.
The crematorium buildings will be closed to the public while the work is being carried out, but the council is refurbishing the chapels at the Redan Road cemetery in Aldershot so that they can be used for services, offering a continued tranquil and respectful environment for funerals.
The work at Aldershot Crematorium is expected to take around nine months to complete and the crematorium grounds will remain open to the public throughout. Cremations will also still take place on site.
Final approval for funding from its capital programme will be considered by the full Council early next month and the council will be sharing further details and information with residents as the project progresses.
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council said: “This represents a significant investment for the council, helping us to give an ageing asset some much needed TLC, while providing an improved bereavement service for our residents in a modern facility that will be fit for the 21st century.”