Work starts today (Monday 1 November 2021) on a new crematorium based in Hemel Hempstead that will serve the needs of residents in Dacorum, Watford, Three Rivers, St Albans and Hertsmere.
The single-storey crematorium, which will be a sister site to West Herts Crematorium in Garston, will feature a remembrance chapel and gardens that sit within extensive landscaped grounds on land adjacent to the new Poppy Fields cemetery at Bedmond Road, Bunkers
The crematorium is being developed to provide additional capacity in the West Hertfordshire region. The new facility will enhance the quality of service provided to bereaved families by increasing service times from 40 to 60 minutes so there is more time
for individual ceremonies.
West Herts Crematorium opened in 1959 and performs more than 3,000 cremations annually for residents from the West Hertfordshire area, so the new site will be a welcome addition providing the same high-quality service.
Graeme Elliot, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Resources, said: “The start of work on the new crematorium is an important milestone. The crematorium will enable residents to pay their respects, remember, mourn and celebrate the lives
of their loved one in a tranquil and serene setting, which will make a difference to so many people.”
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “It is so important that we lay our loved ones to rest in a timely way and that we have a beautiful and peaceful place to commemorate them and the lives they have lived. I am very pleased to see construction
start on our new crematorium, which will be a great asset to all in our community.”
The West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee, which includes representatives from all of the local councils in the area and oversees the management and the operation of the existing crematorium in Garston, will also manage the new facility. It will operate
on the same basis as the existing crematorium, with services running Monday to Friday and general enquiries on Saturdays.
Construction work is expected to be completed by December 2022.