Major £700k refurbishment works at Teesside Crematorium have now been completed.
The improvement works which have transformed St Hilda’s Chapel by allowing light in and creating a more welcoming, accessible environment have been well received by visitors.
New seating has also been installed in the chapel and waiting areas while a canopy has been erected outside St Bede’s Chapel to provide shelter from inclement weather and the Chapel of Remembrance has been refurbished and improvements made to the grounds of the cemeteries.
Cllr Denise Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, said: “Once you walk into St Hilda’s Chapel it’s hard to believe it’s the same place. The improvements make it a much more welcoming place for people to pay their respects to their loved ones.
“The feedback from visitors about the refurbishment has been really positive and I would like to thank the Bereavement Services team and everyone who has worked on these improvements at Teesside Crematorium.”
As well as the work inside the Crematorium, funding of £412K has been approved to develop additional burial areas within Acklam Cemetery.
It is anticipated that work will be complete by the end of this year and will significantly improve drainage on the site.
The service was pleased to receive a Gold Standard award from the Institute of Cemetery & Crematorium Management in its 2018 Assessment Process for Cremation and a Silver Standard award for in its 2018 Assessment Process for Burials.
The additional investment and service improvements have all assisted the Bereavement team to ensure that a first class service is provided. Something that was recognised by Association of Public Sector Excellence when Bereavement services was shortlisted for “Best Performer in Cemetery and Crematorium Services.”
Pictured: (top) Joanne Holroyd, Teesside Crematorium Operations Manager, Cllr. Denise Rooney, Executive Member for Environment and Commercial Services, and Liam Womack, Crematorium and Cemeteries Assistant
Pictured: (bottom) St. Hilda's Chapel after the refurbishment