This new build Crematorium and Natural burial site has been constructed on an agricultural field. It is bordered on two sides by main roads and on two sides by agricultural fields. The £610,000 Landscaping scheme comprised of many elements needing varying skills all of which where duly undertaken with great care and professionalism by the CLS Landscape & Earthworks (CLS L&E) team. Integration of the works with the main contractor constructing the crematorium was key to the success of this scheme.
Initially the site had to be excavated to reduce the level to provide adequate bearing surface for roads, car parks hardstandings and pathways. Then prior to the importation of the sub base a specialised geotextile membrane was laid the base rolled to structural engineers satisfaction; blinding with fine material; roadbase, sub base and wearing course as deemed necessary.
CLS L&E constructed over 442 m2 of Access Road to Crematorium, including roadway kerbs and 452 m2 of Access road beyond the crematorium, including roadway kerbs. The car parking was split into three types:
Pedestrian movement around the site was not overlooked as 629m2 Self binding Breedon Gravel pathways and 601m2 of concrete paving slabs to footpaths were also constructed.
Whilst the Civil works were being undertaken the horticultural team had also been working hard on this diverse scheme. As this site had previously been an agricultural field new land drainage had to be installed and fed into a newly created pond creating an environmentally friendly SUDS scheme. The majority of the site was seeded with amenity grass seed, however the client instructed the team to lay 1000m2 of turf in areas surrounding the crematorium building and the feature plating areas.
As the site was also bounded by a main road Acoustic fencing was erected and traditional native hedging planted. The skills of the team were also highlighted at the construction of the random sandstone gateway truly fitting entrance to this special site. The planting on this site was completed with the planting of nearly 300 trees a mixture of native and ornamental. The works were completed with the Installation of signage, seating and lighting.