'Topping out' ceremony marks important milestone at Bierton Crematorium

Great crested newts, legal challenges and resubmitted planning applications have all threatened the Bierton Crematorium project since it commenced three years ago, but Monday (24th September) saw a key milestone reached.

The Chilterns Crematorium Joint Committee (CCJC) and construction company Jarvis welcomed local residents and funeral directors to celebrate the key point in the construction of the new £7million crematorium in Bierton near Aylesbury.

The last section of the roof was laid along with a sprig of yew tree to celebrate the moment the building structure reaches it's topmost point, in the traditional topping out ceremony. 

The building has been financed from the CCJC's reserves so there is no cost to the Council Tax payer. The need for a new crematorium has become evident over the last few years, particularly towards the north of the county where significant development is taking place.

The new crematorium has been designed by Haverstock, an award-wining architectural practice with over 30 years experience of creating specialist public sector buildings.

At the ceremony, construction company Jarvis was joined by representatives from CDC, AVDC and WDC. CCJC Chair, Councillor Michael Smith, who laid the final section of the roof during the event to signify reaching the milestone. 

Building work started at the end of last year and the site is expected to open at the beginning of 2019.

The CCJC  is a partnership between Aylesbury Vale (AVDC) , Chiltern (CDC) and Wycombe (WDC) District Councils.