Cemetery Development Services
A message from its founder Justin Smith.
Due to continued and rapid growth of CDS, I am proud to announce the appointments of joint CEOs Becky Ballinger and Darryl Kelly.
Many clients will know Becky as their planning manager or personal account manager.
Becky will now head up the planning team and will take responsibility for growing this area of the business.
Darryl joined us this year bringing with him a wealth of experience and new ideas.. Darryl has already made great strides in growing the environmental management element of the business and will be looking to expand this service into a range of sectors of the Local Authority market. Darryl with contaminated land assessment and reclamation experience will work with authorities to help release currently unusable land for more profitable and or sustainable uses.
As a joint CEO team Becky and Darryl will be responsible for the day to day operations and decision making of the business, each growing their respective departments but developing the business as an integral entity.
I will take on the role of Chairman and will be responsible for company policy and governance and will work closely with Becky and Darryl to continue to improve service and grow the business.
With CDS now turning over 7 figures annually, it now requires a young and energised team to continue the momentum of growth and keep CDS relevant and the most experienced operator in the market.
I hope these decisions will provide you as current and future customers an exemplary and unparalleled service going forward.
We are delighted to welcome Darryl Kelly to our team.
Darryl graduated from Southampton University with a Master’s degree in Geology (2:1) in 2006 after which he joined Southern Testing in June 2007 as a graduate engineer. Whilst working at Southern Testing for the last 11 years Darryl has progressed to a respected Senior Engineer gaining a wealth of knowledge with regards to soil logging, geotechnical design, contaminated land assessment, groundwater monitoring and technical report writing.
In addition, Darryl has been instrumental in updating and modernising the IT systems, winning two awards at the Keynetix Geotechnical Data Management awards for innovative use of software.
Whilst working at Southern Testing Darryl has strived to develop his personal and professional skills and aims to bring his wealth of knowledge with regards to Site Investigation, Groundwater Monitoring and Modelling to expand, enhance and develop the services that Cemetery Development Services can offer their clients.
Working with and on behalf of New Forest District Council, we received planning approval for a much needed new cemetery in Calshot.
The CDSL team thoroughly enjoyed working with the staff at NFDC and look forward to working with them again soon.
View the Layout Plan
Cemetery Development Services are very proud to work alongside Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in developing their new mausoleum.
Cemetery & Crematorium Development and Design
We are a team of highly qualified field surveyors, engineers and designers, with strategically partnered architects and construction consultants offering an unrivalled service specialising in cemetery and crematorium design and development.
Data collected in the feasibility stage informs the design stage, which aims to integrate the development into the wider landscape and mitigate against any impact, enhancing the biodiversity of the site in line with national and local planning policy.
We aim to achieve a cemetery or mausoleum which has a distinctive spatial quality, provides choices for individual wishes, offers visitors the opportunity to grieve and remember and yet can be managed on a day-to-day basis with the minimal cost. We project manage all stages of the implementation phase, including financial management, giving you a responsive, single point of contact for your development and enabling you to benefit from our strong relationship with local authorities.
Our extensive experience enables us to prepare high quality illustrative, qualitative and quantitative material and contract documentation that complies with and fulfils construction design management regulations and planning and environmental legislation.
Stage 1 – Feasibility & Client Brief
The feasibility is centred on the outcome of the extended environmental audits as a there is little point in progressing with the development of a cemetery unless the EA has given its approval for planning.
The feasibility will identify any issues likely to alter the anticipated budget or increase estimated cost of development.
The feasibility will include a detailed client brief covering:
- • Preliminary designs of hard and soft landscaping and layout options
- • Demographics of the local community
- • Utility infrastructure searches
- • Drainage infrastructure investigations
- • Memorialisation and grave layout
- • Estimated costs
- • Schedules and timescales
Stage 2 – Design
With the data collected in the feasibility a design programme can commence. Within the design CDS ensure that:
The cemetery is constructed to ensure minimal environmental impact and where possible enhance the environment.
That the cemetery can be managed on a day-to-day basis with the minimal cost but providing the highest quality to the bereaved and visitors.
Our design approach is as follows:
- • Analyse requirements, survey site and adjacent area as necessary, prepare,describe and illustrate outline proposals and submit these to all interested parties for approval.
- • Prepare budget estimate and monitor cost implications during design stage.
- • Liase with Design Team to determine most cost effective design and proposals.
- • Prepare a scheme design consisting of drawings and outline specification showing materials and appearance, submit to Local Authority for informal comment.
- • Apply for final planning permission, conduct negotiations with Planning Department, carry out any minor amendments.
- • Liase with all parties as necessary.
- • Complete a detailed design, incorporating any necessary structural engineering details.
- • Prepare working drawings and construction notes for materials and workmanship required.
- • Apply for Building Regulation approval if required.
- • Advise on tendering procedures and contract arrangements.
- • Advise on warranties and insurances related to building works.
- • Instruct Structural Engineer if required by Local Authority.
Stage 3 – Project Management
- • Prepare in conjunction with Quantity Surveyor, contract documentation for works.
- • Lease and advise on appointment of specialist sub-contractors.
- • Accept site on behalf of contractor, issue working drawings and details.
- • Prepare anticipated monthly cash flow forecast expenditure.
- • Prepare and administer the construction, design and management (CDM) regulations.
- • Make periodic visits to site as required to generally oversee project.
- • Assess progress and ensure it is in line with the agreed programme.
- • Liase with Local Authority.
- • Issue of any variation orders etc, issue payment certificates in conjunction with Quantity Surveyor and agree final account.
- • Carry out final inspection.
- • Produce list of emedial as necessary.
- • Accept work on behalf of the Local Authority.
- • General administrative duties.
Drainage in cemeteries is complex due to the physical, environmental and practical constraints. CDS are specialists in solutions to surface and groundwater problems.
We specialise in the drainage of cemeteries; designing bespoke solutions to surface and groundwater problems. We designed and managed to completion, the country’s first cemetery deep groundwater drainage system, leading the way to companies adopting this new established method.
Our specialist technical services provide management of the following areas:
- Dewatering and lowering of groundwater levels through deep drainage techniques.
- Surface water and catch-all drainage
- Spring line diversion and cut off
- Reed bed construction
- Grey water management (grave pumping and environmental waste water management).
The EMI scan will provide target sampling points from which the soil profile will be analysed for its mineralogy and profile construction. Determining where soil variability exist as well as locating and defining metallic and electrical utilities and potential below ground constructions and obstructions can be extremely beneficial in providing cost benefits through well engineered designs.
The EMI technology was developed in the UK by Martin Peters and Justin Smith and is widely used by other companies however its use is limited in many situations and we would advise potential users to be aware that it can sometimes be used as an expensive marketing tool rather than providing for good field data.
CDS undertake a three staged approach:
Before any assumptions are made as to the causes of the drainage problem our soil water team undertakes a detailed survey. This survey includes:
From the results of the initial field and desktop survey and extensive site investigation an engineer will determine:
• The water table levels both current and temporal
• The risk of leaching, eutrophication and attenuation
• The presence, and causes, of any impermeable layers in the soil profile
• The soil stability and suitability for excavations
• The drainage and surface water management options
The production of a detailed written report with outline management options will be presented to the client highlighting the type of drainage problem and a summary of design options and likely budget costs.
Once the budgets and type of drainage scheme has been agreed CDS will progress with Stage 2 This would include the:
• Production of scaled drawings and any land forming presentations• Production of specification
• Production of bill of quantities
• Production of Tender Documents
• Tender contract management
CDS ensure that all aspects of the design are finished on time and on budget by providing an ongoing client relationship package.CDS engineers will ensure that the contractors are fully informed and briefed on the work in hand and will monitor the projects progress form start to completion.
• Prepare in conjunction with Quantity Surveyor, contract documentation for works.
• Lease and advise on appointment of specialist sub-contractors.
• Accept site on behalf of contractor, issue working drawings and details.
• Prepare anticipated monthly cash flow forecast expenditure.
• Prepare and administer the construction, design and management (CDM) regulations.
• Make periodic visits to site as required to generally oversee project.
• Assess progress and ensure it is in line with the agreed programme.
• Liase with Local Authority.
• Issue of any variation orders etc, issue payment certificates in conjunction with Quantity Surveyor and agree final account.
• Carry out final inspection.
• Produce list of emedial as necessary.
• Accept work on behalf of the Local Authority.
• General administrative duties.
Cemetery Drainage Case Studies
Any new cemetery development or extension being submitted for planning, may require many levels of assessment especially if the cemetery exceeds 1 hectare in size.
A large cemetery may be classed as a major development and significant studies have to be undertaken in order to satisfy planners.
The level and degree of the studies will depend in part on the sensitivity of the site (e.g. green belt or areas of significant environmental or historic value).
In most cases works will start with a pre-app meeting or report with planners and from this the framework of application studies and documentation can be assessed and appropriated.
Below are typically the types of studies reports and assessments that are often required for a larger (>2 hectare) development.
Cemetery Development Services Ltd with its specialist team with many years of experience in cemetery design, planning and delivery can provide the client with a full application service facilitating all the components below typically required for cemetery planning.
The client is able to be sure that at every stage planning issues are covered
Assessments and Reports
- • Environment Agency T1 Audit
- • Installation of boreholes and monitoring if required
- • Environment Agency Flux modelling
- • Flood Risk Assessment
- • SUD’s Policy
- • Attenuation pond and reed bed design
- • Tree Audits
- • Ecology and habitat survey Phase 1 and Phase 2
- • BiP reports
- • HMP reports
- • Newt surveys
- • Bat survey
- • Reptile survey
- • Consultation with County Archaeologist
- • Archaeology HER
- • Pre-Determination Survey
- • Geo-phys surveys
- • Highways Consultation
- • Highways Transport Assessment
- • Traffic Counts
- • Planning Policy Statement
- • Needs Policy Statement
- • Sustainability Statement
- • Design and Access Statement
- • Consultation with County Rights of Way
- • Public Rights of Access Statement
- • Public Consultation
- • Public consultation blog
- • Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
- • Visual Appraisal (VA)
- • General layout
- • Landscape plan
- • Building designs
- • Location plan
- • Drainage plan
- • Burial Layout plan
- • Landscape planting plan
- • Site topographic survey
- Completion & submission of planning application forms and drawings
- During the planning process a number of questions or objections may be raised by the planning consultees. CDSL will ensure that these issues are dealt with quickly effectively and positively.
CDSL Planning Success for Successful Planning!
CDSL have an 80% success rate in cemetery planning, where they have undertaken all components of the planning process.
Successful planning applications include cemeteries for:
- • Sherborne Town Council
- • Poole Borough Council
- • Milton Keynes mausoleum
- • Derwentside Council
- • Flintshire Borough Council
- • Royston Town Council
- • Cannock Borough Council
- • Gamlingay Parish Council
CDSL have undertaken specific components of planning including design and or environmental studies for 20 other successful planning applications.
CDSL are currently undertaking 20 more full planning applications, and to date we have undertaken nearly 300 cemetery feasibility studies.