Lee Batten, Partner at Clague, said: “As municipal spaces, crematoria are not synonymous with strong design, but they have an important part to play in the emotional wellbeing of our communities.

“There’s a need to create an environment that respects the wishes of the departed, enables the mourners to reflect and celebrate life, while at the same time having a building that functions efficiently. At Horam we believe we’ve achieved this and it is great to be shortlisted for an award by the RICS.

“The Horam crematorium project, in effect a blank canvas, gave the team at Clague the opportunity to show what can be done in terms of delivering a new public space.”

The crematorium building sits alongside a memorial garden and has been carefully designed to allow a clear sense of procession, consisting of approach, arrival, ceremony, and departure for the mourners.

The crematorium has been built by Baxall Construction for Wealden District Council at Horam, and will open in March.

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