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HAMBLETON CREMATORIUM STARTS TO TAKE SHAPE

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Work on the new multi-million-pound Hambleton Crematorium on the outskirts of Thirsk, is progressing well with the steel framework now in position.

Work began on the council led crematorium build in November, with the development work now very much underway despite challenging conditions at times, due to snowy and wet weather in January and February.

The 22-acre site which will be named Maple Park, is close to both the A1 and A19 and will include a service hall to accommodate approximately 120 mourners plus additional room for standing. There will also be an entrance foyer, waiting lobby, offices and a family room.

As well as this, the single storey facility will include a wake facility and café with beautiful views out over the Hambleton hills. Once completed the site will also offer a memorial garden, meadows and a wooded area making it a calm and peaceful place for reflection or for scattering ashes.

Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Mark Robson said: “It’s great to see how much progress has been made despite the challenges presented by the winter weather.

“Now the steels are up, you really get a sense of the space the service hall will have, and a much better feel for the size of the footprint for the entire building.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this much needed facility continue to take shape over the coming months.”

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director for Willmott Dixon in the North, said “We are delighted with the progress being made at Maple Park. Using our specialist local supply chain and social value expertise, we have been able to engage a 100% local workforce and deliver skills enrichment programmes, supporting the local economy and generating prosperity during this unpresented time”.

The development is set to be completed later this year.

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