Beetham Hall Crematorium, Cumbria

The wide variety of projects we are engaged with continues with our recently completed adaptation of a metal clad workshop adjacent to a Grade II Listed Barn and Scheduled Ancient Monument into a Crematorium.

The main architectural challenge was to adapt the existing structure to transform it from a purely utilitarian, functional building into something with more gravitas. Our final solution utilises the dark slate blue colour of the existing metal cladding as a foil to a new ‘veil’ of Cedar fins wrapped around the building. By adopting a semi-transparent aesthetic the original cladding can be seen through the untreated Cedar which will eventually soften to grey tones through weathering.

The Crematorium provides a chapel for 140 mourners, crematory, extensive landscaping works and a replacement workshop to the north west of the site.

Photography: Brian Ormerod www.brianormerod.co.uk