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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.

Cemetery Design

Our Service

  • 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.

    Cemetery Design

    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.

    Cemetery Design

    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.

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