Burnley Crematorium refurbishment is completed

Published on Thu Jul 13 2023
Chapel with candle holders front of view and curtains and pews behind

Work to refurbish and improve the waiting room and chapel at Burnley Crematorium as part of a long-term investment in the building has been unveiled.

Following a successful tender to update the interior of the crematorium chapel, entrance, and waiting area, contractor BWD started work to improve the building based on four themes – functional, modern, comfortable, and calming.

Bev Wood, founder of BWD Ltd, explained: “We highlighted existing features, such as the beautiful stained-glass windows, reflecting the plum colour within them in the soft furnishings and paint colour, bringing these assets to life.

“BWD felt the waiting area needed a focal point, so we created a new, key feature with a stretch ceiling. We printed material with a calming sky, seen through treetops, then backlit this with lighting on dimmers, to control the amount of light required.

“The ceiling image reflects the parkland surrounding the crematorium, in addition to creating a calming space in which attendees can gather their thoughts prior to the service.”

Stephen Roberts, bereavement manager at Burnley Council, said: “We’ve created a calm and welcoming atmosphere for people during what can often be a very emotional time.

“We’ve already had some really positive feedback from members of the public and funeral directors about the extensive improvements we’ve made.”

The project resulted in a modern but sympathetic environment, including new drapes, carpets, floral arrangements, floral arrangement stands, pew cushions, and free-standing chairs. The reserved styling of the building is designed to last, recycling items where possible and investing in items that will stand up to frequent use.

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