Work on a new £5.5 million crematorium is ahead of schedule so attention can now turn to fitting it out internally and choosing the name.
Wellingborough’s new crematorium is progressing well on the 11-acre site near Great Doddington.
The substructure and brickwork is complete, with all the walls and roof now in place.
Installation of the windows is nearly done and the underfloor heating system is in place.
The main plant and equipment, including the cremator, are now in place and initial installation is being undertaken on the electrical and mechanical elements.
With the building work progressing well and due to be completed by the end of June, the internal finishes are now being planned.
A report updating councillors on the building work will be discussed by the council’s resources committee on Wednesday, and it says: “In order to progress the operational preparations for branding the services to be offered, a proposal is being made by officers that the crematorium should have a trading name which reflects a wide catchment area, but retains a sense of local community.
“It is recommended that this should be ‘The Nene Valley Crematorium’ because the site looks down into the river valley.”
Councillors will be asked to agree on the trading name for the crematorium at Wednesday’s meeting at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.
Once completed, the new crematorium will have a chapel with 120 seats and a 98-space car park.
And it has been designed so there is the opportunity to expand and construct a second chapel in the future if required.
The scheme has been paid for with money from Wellingborough Council’s capital budget, which is money in the bank saved for large projects that benefit the community.
Capital funds can’t be used by law for the running of day-to-day services, but any income generated from capital projects can help fund related services.
The crematorium will be run by Wellingborough Bereavement Services, and early indications are that the council could get an income of £200,000 per year from the crematorium.
A manager has recently been appointed and will start in late May.
The crematorium opening date is early July, but there will be open days and an official opening ahead of this date.