Buckinghamshire’s Bierton Crematorium has picked up a RIBA South Award 2021 for best architecture.
Situated in Aylesbury, the Buckinghamshire Council-owned site has been operating for just over two years, having launched in April 2019.
The multi-faith chapel accommodates up to 120 people, with services running from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.
In addition, the crematorium features on site parking and has “extensive gardens” with panoramic views over Aylesbury Vale.
Haverstock, the architect for the building, called the establishment “a considered approach to the traditional layout” of a crematorium.
The group said: “The building plan is clear and functional and allows mourners to proceed from one area to the next in a logical manner, yet offering time to pause and reflect in the floral tribute area or the extensive gardens.
“The chapel, which is accessed from the waiting room or the covered external area, provides a large, naturally-lit space with areas of north-facing glazing looking out through vertical timber brise-soleil onto a formal arboretum.”
It added: “This scheme is successful in delivering a sensitive building in a sensitive location. There is a clear sequence of spaces for the various users of the building facilities and grounds, whether formal or informal.”
Nick Naylor, Buckinghamshire Council cabinet member for regulatory services, said: “Our crematorium at Amersham had been under tremendous pressure for many years so we were delighted to be able to build and open one in the Aylesbury area – especially with the population in Aylesbury growing so rapidly.”