Date published: 22 May 2019
Work is well underway on West Lindsey District Council’s crematorium development.
Lea Fields Crematorium, the first development of its kind in the district, is currently being constructed in Lea, near Gainsborough, by contractors Wilmott Dixon.
The £6.3m state-of-the-art facility will have a modern design, including the crematorium building, a remembrance court and a lovely scheme of memorial gardens.
The design of the site and materials used have been chosen to compliment the rural nature of the site and make the best use of the natural boundaries.
West Lindsey District Council’s Director Team and Cllr Jeff Summers recently visited the site to learn more about how the work is going so far.
Cllr Jeff Summers said: “On entering the site a feeling of excitement came over me as we have had an ambition to build a crematorium for several years. This is a much needed facility for our local community and so it is good to see our ambition realised and now be able to see the building rising from the earth.
“The steel structure is almost complete with the finer structural elements being attached as we looked on. Now the grassed area is sown it was possible to see how it will look when complete and you can now easily visualise how the layout will work including traffic flows. On the hillside beyond, the memorial garden is coming together with beautiful views of the woodland and distant vistas across Nottinghamshire. This will be a fabulous facility on a fantastic site.”
The tour of the site was provided by contractors Wilmott Dixon.
Stuart Kerr, director of Willmott Dixon in the Midlands, said: “We’re proud to be working with West Lindsey District Council on this much needed facility. At Willmott Dixon, we have a purpose beyond profit and that includes leaving a lasting positive legacy in the local community.
“As part of our work with the Council we are investing over £450k in the Gainsborough area, through a variety of community initiatives such as careers workshops with local young people, work experience opportunities and using local labour and products wherever possible.”
Local funeral directors have be supportive of the development and see it as a welcome addition to the area.
The facility is due to open in January 2020 and work is currently running on schedule.