Kier has started works at its £5m new-build crematorium project in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The client, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council appointed Kier to the project through the Procure Partnerships Framework, the first Kier has been appointed to outside of the north west.
The project includes a ceremonial hall for multi-faith services, a crematory hall to hold the cremation plant and equipment and there is also an admin/office building. The external works includes memorial gardens, covered walkways, new roads and car park as well as forming a new access to the site from the A47.
Kier is working with the council’s in-house landscaping division to complete the soft landscaping and planting scheme and the project is due for handover in early 2022.
Martin Williamson, operations manager, at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council on this state-of-the-art facility. The project draws on our extensive experience of delivering projects within this sector.”
Leader of the council, Cllr Stuart Bray said: “It is fantastic to see this milestone reached. Once complete, we will be able to offer a modern, fit-for-purpose crematorium facility that meets the growing needs of the population of Hinckley and Bosworth and surrounding areas.
“With the nearest available crematorium currently located in Nuneaton, the new crematorium will provide an alternative affordable cremation facility with reduced waiting times for services and reduced traveling times for Hinckley and Bosworth residents.
“The facility will complement the council’s cemetery services, create jobs, enhance the appearance of the site, and will fit well with the burial services provided by the Borough Council.”
Conor Neild-Crabb, Procure Partnerships Framework, Key Account Manager (East) quote below: “We’re delighted to be supporting Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council at Hinckley Crematorium, we’re really looking forward to seeing the scheme take shape over the coming months. Kier has fantastic experience delivering crematoria which shone through during procurement and we’re sure they will create a lasting facility that supports the growing population in the local area.”
This appointment builds on the expertise Kier has in the sector. Last year, Kier was appointed by Huntingdon Town Council to deliver the Huntingdon Crematorium. This is due for completion in spring this year.