Work progressing on new Hemel Hempstead crematorium

Framework of new crematorium being erected

Construction of a new crematorium at Bunkers Park in Hemel Hempstead is continuing apace. The new facility will be a sister site to the current West Herts Crematorium in Garston, Watford and is being developed to provide additional capacity in the West Hertfordshire region.

Featuring a remembrance chapel that sits within extensive landscaped grounds on the land adjacent to the new Poppy Fields cemetery at Bedmond Road by Bunkers Park, the new crematorium will reduce the time that families have to wait during peak winter months to schedule a funeral for a loved one. It will also 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.

Leader of Dacorum Borough Council, Cllr Andrew Williams, said: “It is great to see the site taking shape for our new crematorium. This facility will be a valuable community asset that local people will be proud of. We cannot remove the pain of bereavement, but we hope that by offering a tranquil and serene place to commemorate loved ones it will help make the process a little less stressful."

The crematorium is being delivered by the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee, which includes representatives from Dacorum, Watford, Three Rivers, St Albans, and Hertsmere councils. The Joint Committee currently oversees the management and the operation of the existing crematorium in Garston and will also manage the new facility. It will operate on the same basis as the existing crematorium providing the same high-quality service with funerals running Monday to Friday, and general enquiries on Saturdays. Construction is expected to be completed by February/March 2023.

To see the progress on the site, please visit the West Herts Crematorium website.

  • Completed construction entrance at new West Herts Crematorium in Hemel Hempstead
  • Services and waiting room block being installed at new West Herts Crematorium in Hemel Hempstead
  • Site car park being formed at West Herts Crematorium in Hemel Hempstead
  • Tarmacking of radius road at new West Herts Crematorium in Hemel Hempstead