Previous updates on the Oak Hill Crematorium project

Past updates on the progress of the Oak Hill Crematorium construction.

For the latest updates on progress visit the Oak Hill Crematorium page

Summer 2022

Construction progress:

  • Work is underway to the main structure and the steel frame is now complete with the glulam posts and beams installed.
  • Work has started on the high-level timber frame around the chapel which will enclose the glulam beams.
  • Metal walls/cement boarding has started to the chapel and office area, which is located to the front of the building.
  • At the rear, face brickwork has started to the cremator hall and workshop areas.
  • On the site of the old columns the benches will be removed and new plinths have been installed to create 154 new burial spaces.*

*If this affects you, as a deed holder, please contact us on 01707 357 000 (option 6)

Planned demolition work:

  • The toilets closed on 1 of June and will be demolished to make way for landscaped areas and gardens, as well as additional burial space.
  • Demolition of the existing complex will commence on Monday 5 September.
  • Heras type block and mesh fencing will be erected early morning on Monday 5 September so that both the public and contractors will share the two-way top road for entry and exit.
  • R G Carter will provide a gateman who will act as traffic marshal throughout, plus traffic diversion and signage.

Please note the current buildings in the entry way of the cemetery will also be replaced with new landscaping and will provide additional space for burials.

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Spring 2022

The development of Oak Hill Cemetery will be carried out by RG Carter Construction* who commenced their work 10 January 2022.

  • To minimise disruption from the construction traffic the exit road has been widened and temporary turning points introduced.
  • The area where the new buildings are to be built has been screened off with timber fencing (painted to blend in with the landscape).
  • Images and details of the development have been affixed to the fencing.
  • Within the fenced area, the ground has been excavated and the foundations for the new building are being installed with 330m3 of concrete poured (the equivalent to 330,000 litres or or 580,000 pints).

*Read more about R G Carter on our additional information page

Planned developments:

  • Once the foundations are complete, work will begin on erecting the frame of the building. This will be a mixture of steel and woodwork which will give the chapel its unique structure.
  • The form of the building will start to be visible in early June.
  • Gardens and landscaped areas for reflection, will be planted in place of the existing chapel and lodge buildings.
  • To facilitate this, we will be demolishing the buildings this summer. Signs will be installed closer to the time to aid access to the grounds and mitigate any disruption.
  • During May, some benches will need to be removed to allow for construction works, including road widening. The Bereavement Team will contact all customers who currently have a bench memorial in locations affected to advise of next steps.

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Winter 2021

For the updates from Winter 2021 see the Winter 2021 Lawn Cemetery newsletter. If you require this information in an alternative format please contact us.