A MULTI-MILLION pound eco-friendly crematorium is set to be built after it was given the green light by planners.
The £2.6m crematorium at Dewsbury Moor will use waste heat from the cremation process to power its central heating system.
The larger modern building, set to replace the current 1960s premises, will be built to the north of the current site off Heckmondwike Road, bordering Crow Nest Park.
The all-new facility was planned as part of a Kirklees-wide scheme to improve crematoria after it was deemed not fit for purpose.
Problems included the building being too small to handle many of the services, suffering from a lack of natural light and having out-of-date equipment that was costly to operate.
The new, highly efficient building will be set into the side of a slope to reduce its visibility to residents on nearby Staincliffe Road and will feature energy-efficient cremators.
The site’s eco-credentials are further boosted as the new cremation machines will also have a facility to recover waste energy from the mercury abatement process, which is done after the cremation itself.
The plan could significantly reduce the building’s carbon footprint and bat roost boxes and nesting boxes for birds – in particular sparrows and starlings – will be installed to encourage local wildlife.
The proposed glass and stone building – designed by Huddersfield company Aedas Architects – also features tiered gardens for mourners to spend time in following their service.
The building will feature a dramatic sculptural arc over an orthogonal sandstone and granite plinth, set into the slope.
The roof tapers to a seven metre cantilever above the reception space and remembrance chapel – forming a porte cochere (a carriage-style entrance into a courtyard) – before sweeping above the chapel to allow uninterrupted views across the valley.
A new access road will also be built from the current entrance to loop round the existing landscaped memorial plaques and trees.
The project is due to start in August with completion in July 2011.