Gravesham Memorial Park

This project commenced on site in 2015 having secured Detailed Planning Approval for a major new two chapel crematorium on a greenfield site at Chalk to the east of Gravesend in 2014.

Our solution

The site occupies 10.8 hectares of arable farmland on a dramatic position directly overlooking the Thames Estuary to the north. The Memorial Park proposals include a Crematorium, Cemetery & Woodland Burial areas along with ecology areas, extensive structural tree planting, landscaping, wildflower meadows & habitat improvements.

The results

Externally, the form references that of traditional farmstead clusters, barns & oasts, traditional vernacular structures found throughout this part of Kent. The 3D massing of the building articulates 3 main volumes on the skyline which are grouped together and ‘wrapped’ in a low-key brick ‘garden wall’. This garden wall forms the public face of the building and also articulates two flower courts, whilst the two chapels are ‘spaces to be discovered’ inside.

The two chapels seat 120 and 50 persons respectively and each have different internal characters and moods, dominated by dramatic top-lit vaulted roofs. After each service mourners will be lead into sheltered external flower courts with open aspects to the rolling countryside beyond.