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“Steel signing” marks milestone in the construction of Lelley Fields Crematorium

Cllr Jonathan Owen (ERYC) said: “It was fantastic to see the great progress that has been made on building the new Lelley Fields Crematorium

A KEY MILESTONE has been marked with a ‘steel signing’ event staged by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) in celebration of their ongoing construction of the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Crematorium near Preston.

Ongoing construction of Lelley Fields crematorium.

Due for completion in early 2023, the site, off Sproatley Road, near Preston, intends to “offer peace, tranquillity, natural landscaping plus state-of-the-art facilities to create a fitting place to commemorate loved ones” according to ERYC.

The steel signing event last week was attended by staff and elected members from the council, including the leader Councillor Jonathan Owen, and deputy leader, Councillor Anne Handley, as well as staff from the main contractor Kier Construction.

It included a welcome from Cllr Owen, and the regional director of Kier Construction North and Scotland, Dan Doherty. This was followed by the steel signing, with Cllr Owen, Cllr Handley, Paul Bellotti – executive director of communities and environment at the council, and Mr Doherty, among the first to add their signatures to the steel. The event also included a tour of the site and a display of building and landscape plans. 

Steel signing event photograph
“Steel Signing” Dan Doherty (Kier Construction) and Cllr Jonathan Owen (ERYC).

Kier Construction started work on-site in the winter of 2021. Cllr Owen said: “It was fantastic to see the great progress that has been made on building the new Lelley Fields Crematorium, and I am proud of the tremendous amount of work that is being done to ensure our vision for this much-needed facility is delivered for residents of the East Riding.”

Councillor Claire Holmes, the portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing at the council, also attended the event. Cllr Holmes commented: “It is a great achievement for all those involved to reach this key milestone in the construction of the crematorium. When it opens, the facility will reduce the length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and difficult time.”

Mr Doherty added: “The steel signing marks an exciting point of the project and the start of the assembly of the steel frame. The team on site have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and now that the construction works have passed this milestone, we can really start to see the building take shape.

“Throughout the project, Kier has pledged to deliver a range of social value activities to leave a lasting legacy for the local community and we have progress to date with five people progressed into employment, one project initiated apprentice and one educational workshop delivered.”

Photos courtesy of ERYC.

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