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Our Crematorium wins two Guildford Society Design Awards

Our redeveloped Guildford Crematorium has been honoured in two categories at the Guildford Society Design Awards 2020, announced on Monday 5 October.

In addition to the rebuilding of the main Crematorium, which opened in December 2019, a Flower Room, Book of Remembrance Room, reflective pool, landscaped courtyards and new car parking all form part of the site to provide better facilities.

The Crematorium won the New Public Building and Public Art / Public Realm awards for the Haverstock-designed replacement of the original 1965 building, and landscaping by Plincke Landscape Architects.

Guildford crematorium chapel by Simon Kennedy
Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel says: "Congratulations to Guildford Crematorium and everybody who has worked on designing and constructing the new building, as well as all of our dedicated staff who have played a critical role in supporting the bereaved during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

"This has been an extremely challenging time for many of our residents, who have lost family members and friends during the outbreak, and we hope that it has provided a peaceful environment in which families can mark the passing of a loved one."

Peter Coleman, Chairman of the Judging Panel says: "The judges selected the new Guildford Crematorium for its refined elegance and in bringing dignity to a difficult aspect of life. They were impressed by the seamless integration between the well-designed architecture and the external spaces. We felt the new buildings and spaces were timeless and would continue to provide a calm and dignified experience for many years to come."

In announcing the New Public Building category, The Guildford Society noted that the Crematorium 'responds sensitively to the changed requirements of funeral and memorial practices'. For the Public Art / Public Realm category, it said that 'hard and soft landscaping relate sensitively to the functional requirements, flows of mourners using the Crematorium and provide a suitable therapeutic environment.'

The Guildford Society was formed in 1896 as a Civic Society to promote high standards of planning and architecture and conserve the best of Guildford, its surrounding villages and countryside.

Published on Friday 16 October.

Photographs by Simon Kennedy.