Co-op Funeralcare has refurbished their Grade II Keighley funeral home, The Knowle, with service rooms and installation of latest visual and audio equipment.

The company says the scheme will enable the funeral home in Victoria Road to “better serve communities in and around Keighley”.

Features now include a service chapel comprising a multi-functional space – which can be divided into two separate areas, courtesy of soundproofed folding doors – a conservatory and patio area.

Equipment in the service chapel and arrangement rooms enables bereaved families to play music and show photographs of loved ones onscreen.

And services can also be recorded, so mourners unable to attend may still feel part of the farewell.

The Grade II listed building at The Knowle dates from the 18th century.

It was once part of a country estate belonging to the affluent John Greenwood senior and his family.

The building is set in its own grounds – which have now been converted into a memorial garden, with flowerbeds, plaques and a dedicated space to scatter ashes.

Outdoor services can be held if requested.

Co-op Funeralcare says the investment is also supporting the launch of The Knowle Service.

As part of the initiative, clients can use the venue’s rooms and facilities to have their desired service. And the cremation of their loved one takes place at the crematorium on another day.

Lucy Brown, West Yorkshire regional operations manager for Co-op Funeralcare, said: “It is a great privilege to support bereaved families and the communities of West Yorkshire as they navigate the loss of a loved one.

“The investment in The Knowle enables us to provide sector-leading facilities and continue to offer the high standards of care Co-op Funeralcare prides itself on.

“The Knowle is such a beautiful venue – steeped in history – and we are proud to be able to preserve it for use by the wider community.

“We hope that our clients will find the house and gardens a very special place to say their final farewell and remember loved ones.”

She added that The Knowle also provides ten jobs in the area.