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( Last Updated: 12-12-2012 )
Midas Construction started work this week (5 December) on the construction of The Southern Co-operative's state of the art crematorium in Havant, Hampshire.
Embracing modern, clean technology, ‘The Oaks, Havant Crematorium' has been designed to minimise both its use of energy and impact on the environment. The building will include natural and sustainable materials, including timber and flint, locally sourced where possible. The Southern Co-operative will ensure that the development achieves or exceeds the BREEAM ‘very good' rating, the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
Experienced nationally in the construction of buildings for the funeral industry, this will be the fourth project in this sector for the Romsey based team of Midas Construction.
Midas Construction Southern Regional Director, Paul Strachan, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious local scheme for The Southern Co-operative. Not only will this provide a much needed facility in south east Hampshire, it will also provide much needed work to the local trades that we employ."
As a co-operative, The Southern Co-operative is ethically led and always seeks to minimise its impact on the environment. No trees will be lost from the site and indeed, more will be planted to enhance the edges of the forest and encourage wildlife. The building's low profile and sweeping, curved roof will be planted with sedum to blend into its woodland setting. The final development will include a tranquil memorial garden, wildflower meadow and wildlife pond to enhance the natural surroundings and increase biodiversity on site. The adjoining land will be kept in agricultural use, ensuring the character of the area is largely unaffected.
Steve Pearce, Chief Operating Officer for End of Life Services at The Southern Co-operative, said: "The design of our new crematorium embraces cutting-edge technology and consideration for the natural environment. High quality care of the deceased and their mourners is paramount, and we believe that the new crematorium will greatly improve the experience for local families dealing with bereavement."
It is anticipated that The Oaks, Havant Crematorium will open late 2013. To view a video virtual walk-through tour of the new crematorium, visit http://www.havantcrematorium.co.uk/.