Memoria opts for “cleaner and greener” with new Barnby Dun, Doncaster Crematorium site

Barnby Dun Crematorium

Schema for the new Barnby Dun Crematorium which will open in summer 2022

Work has started on a new Memoria Crematorium for the Doncaster area which should open in summer 2022.

The site, located off Armthorpe Lane in Barnby Dun, will feature an electric cremator powered by renewable energy as well as landscaped memorial gardens.

Doncaster Crematorium services have operated at full stretch for some time. Existing services are met by the Doncaster MBC run crematorium at Rose Hill but DMBC bosses say that Rose Hill Crematorium has long had ‘insufficient capacity’.

Documents show that between the years of 2016-2019 the existing Rose Hill Crematorium, in Doncaster operated at 155 per cent of practical capacity in peak months.

Bosses say a crematorium operating above 80 per cent makes it ‘difficult to offer a cremation service that meets an acceptable quantitative standard’, which in turn ‘adversely affects a crematorium’s ability to offer a quality service’ to bereaved families.

They add that annual deaths in Doncaster are projected to increase by 23 per cent between 2020 and 2043.

The Barnby Dun site will include a chapel seating 100 people and one-hour service times as standard.

Inside the chapel, mourners will be able to take advantage of a ‘cutting edge’ media system with live streaming and television screens for photo dedications, visual tributes and pre-recorded eulogies.

Outside, a specially designed memorial garden and circular pool aims to provide a focal feature along with other informal gardens surrounding the main building.

Bosses behind the plans at Memoria Ltd, said the electric cremator will produce 95 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions compared to a gas unit.

The build is anticipated to take around nine months, with the facility aiming to be open by the summer of 2022.

Director Jamieson Hodgson said: “He said: “We are really looking forward to commencing the build on our site in Doncaster and helping to relieve some of the pressures on existing services in the area.

“Our aim is to cut waiting times for bereaved families and shorten journey times for mourners.

“By investing in modern buildings with beautiful surroundings we hope to reflect the dignity and compassion that is always at the heart of what we do.”


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