Construction starts on new crematorium for Three Rivers

Updated: 1 November 2021

Work starts today on a new crematorium based in Hemel Hempstead that will serve the needs of residents in Three Rivers, Watford, St Albans, Hertsmere and Dacorum councils.

Work starts today on a new crematorium based in Hemel Hempstead that will serve the needs of residents in Three Rivers, Watford, St Albans, Hertsmere and Dacorum councils.

The single-storey crematorium which will be a sister site to West Herts Crematorium will feature a remembrance chapel and gardens that sit within extensive landscaped grounds on land adjacent to the new Poppy Fields cemetery at Bedmond Road by Bunkers Park.

The crematorium is being developed to provide additional capacity in the West Hertfordshire region. The new facility will enhance the quality of service provided to bereaved families by increasing service times from 40 to 60 minutes so there is more time for individual ceremonies.

West Herts Crematorium based in Garston opened in 1959 and performs over 3,000 cremations annually for residents from the West Hertfordshire area, so the new site will be a welcome addition providing the same high quality service.

Cllr Sarah Nelmes, the Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “Having the right place in which families and friends can say goodbye to their loved ones is so important, and this new building will provide a very special location in which that can happen. The designs show us just how thoughtfully planned the new crematorium has been - involving great care and creativity. In addition it will allow time for longer ceremonies which can make such a difference for all those affected by grief.”

The West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee which includes representatives from all of the local councils in the area, and oversees the management and the operation of the existing crematorium in Garston will also manage the new facility. It will operate on the same basis as the existing crematorium with services running Monday to Friday and general enquiries on Saturdays.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “It is so important that we lay our loved ones to rest in a timely way and that we have a beautiful and peaceful place to commemorate them and the lives they have lived. I am very pleased to see construction start on our new crematorium which will be a great asset to all in our community.”

Construction works started on Monday 1 November and are expected to be completed by December 2022.