Kier Construction has been awarded a contract by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a new crematorium in Holderness.
At a meeting on Tuesday, 12 October, the council's cabinet gave approval to award the contract to Kier to deliver the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Bereavement Project.
The new state-of-the-art facility will be situated off Lelley Road, near Preston.
This is an exciting project involving the development of the first East Riding of Yorkshire Council-operated crematorium to offer people a fitting and sensitive place to commemorate their loved ones.
The innovative design has been led by the council's most experienced architect Paul Bird and a well-respected professional building design team in infrastructure and facilities.
Planned features include two service halls, a new woodland, a memory walk and other areas for remembrance and celebration.
The project will start on site in winter 2021 and is due to be completed in early 2023.
Cllr Jonathan Owen, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The new crematorium is a much-needed facility for Holderness and will address the unacceptable length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and challenging time. A more local, rural site will be ideal for the ever-growing population of Holderness."
Cllr David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, commented: "A great deal of work has gone into reaching this exciting milestone in the project and I'm delighted that work on a new crematorium in Holderness will begin in the coming months."
Dan Doherty, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, added: "We are working closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide this excellent facility for the community. It is important that in such difficult times, those that have lost a loved one have access to the best local amenities they deserve."
Consultation carried out with the local community and funeral directors showed that there is strong support for the development of a new crematorium in the area; 93% of residents who responded were in favour of the development.
As well as providing a much-needed facility, the development will also support the economy through the creation of jobs and through trade for related businesses.
Proposals for the crematorium received planning permission from the council's planning committee in February 2021.