Plans for a new crematorium in North Cornwall, with views over the Atlantic Ocean and designs inspired by ancient burial mounds, have been unveiled.
The Atlantic View Crematorium and Memorial Garden proposal is for a single storey building, surrounded by wildflower gardens, ponds and woodland, set into the landscape near Bude.
The design of the building has been inspired by the prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon ‘Long Barrows’, which were ancient burial places of monumental stones covered with large mounds of earth. The Atlantic View Crematorium would blend with its surroundings and reflect the ancient “journey” and farewell to the deceased.
The plans are being brought forward by a local consortium in response to a pressing need for a new crematorium to serve North Cornwall. Family and mourners currently have to travel an hour to use existing crematorium facilities at Barnstaple in North Devon or Bodmin in mid-Cornwall.
The proposed site at Poundstock is four miles south of Bude and has been chosen for its direct access to the main A39 trunk road, also known as the Atlantic Highway.
The building has been designed by Bude-based architects, The Bazeley Partnership. A spokesman said: “The design seeks to create a series of ‘places’ and ‘thresholds’ – a beginning, a middle and an end – that support the events and emotions experienced by those sharing in ‘the ceremony of good bye.”
“Drawing upon similar principles established in the prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon barrow burial sites, a processional entrance is created through a series of stone and earth walls into a sheltered gathering area, which then leads in to the main ceremonial space which enjoys views out over the Atlantic Ocean. Grass roofs allow the building to blend with the open horizontality of the North Cornish landscape and we are proposing to use natural materials such as granite, stone, timber and copper”.
The draft plans are now being shared online and the community is being invited to view and comment on them here. It was hoped a public exhibition could be held but due to the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the decision has been taken to hold an online exhibition and consultation instead. As well as explaining in more detail why the crematorium is needed in the area, it will also give people a chance to see how it could look.
Howard Smith of the Atlantic View Crematorium Consortium, said: “This crematorium would greatly reduce funeral journeys at a time of loss and grief and prevent people from having to travel long distances to say goodbye to their loved one, thereby reducing the emotional turmoil this creates.
“Our focus is on creating a beautifully designed building which will be a part of the landscape and provide a much needed facility closer to home. It is really important to us to gather the views of local people and businesses and we would like to invite our neighbours and the community to visit the Atlantic View Crematorium website so they can view our proposals and give their feedback.”
The consultation runs until Sunday 29th November. For more details please visit www.atlanticviewcrematorium.co.uk