Kier Group has been awarded the contract by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build the new crematorium in Holderness.
At a meeting on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, the council’s cabinet gave the approval to award the contract to Kier to deliver the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields bereavement project. The new state-of-the-art facility will be situated off Lelley Road, near Preston.
This is the first East Riding of Yorkshire Council-operated crematorium to offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones.
The design features include two service halls, a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration. The project will start on site in winter 2021 and is due to be completed in early 2023.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The new crematorium is a much-needed facility for Holderness and will address the unacceptable length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and challenging time. A more local, rural site will be ideal for the ever-growing population of Holderness.”
Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, commented: “A great deal of work has gone into reaching this exciting milestone in the project and I’m delighted that work on a new crematorium in Holderness will begin in the coming months.”
Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, added: “We are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide this excellent facility for the community. It is important that in such difficult times, those that have lost a loved one have access to the best local amenities they deserve.”
The council has suggested that the development will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses. Proposals for the crematorium received planning permission from the council’s planning committee in February 2021.
Consultation carried out by the council showed that there is strong support for the development of a new crematorium in the area; 93% of residents who responded were in favour of the development. However, local traffic campaigners have criticised the development for failing to take into account the current traffic congestion issues around nearby Preston and the possible impact of increased traffic through the village. The crematorium is likely to be a topic of conversation in the Public Meeting on the traffic situation organised by campaigners in the village for 21 October.