New-build design award

The new Bierton Crematorium has been awarded a prestigious RIBA South Award.

Nick Naylor, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said: ‘It took us a long time to get to the final opening of the crematorium and there were some considerable hurdles to overcome, not least a High Court challenge, but now open it provides the same well regarded service to residents as we provide at our Chilterns Crematorium in Amersham.

‘Our crematorium at Amersham had been under tremendous pressure for many years so we were delighted to be able to build and open one in the Aylesbury area – especially with the population in Aylesbury growing so rapidly.’

The crematorium (pictured) is a modern, multi-faith chapel accommodating up to 120 people. It has generous on-site parking and is easily found from the A418. It also has extensive gardens, with panoramic views over Aylesbury Vale.

Full details of its opening times and facilities can be found on the website or by calling 01296 350 019.

Haverstock, architects for the building, said: ‘This scheme is successful in delivering a sensitive building in a sensitive location. There is a clear sequence of spaces for the various users of the building facilities and grounds, whether formal or informal.’