Crain over Gloucester Crematorium.

Project Background

Vitruvius was appointed by Gloucester City Council to manage the overall project, construction and cost of a mercury abatement programme for the Gloucester Crematorium.

The upgrade of the Crematorium was needed to fall inline with new legislation in mercury abatement. This detailed that all UK Crematoria needs to reduce Mercury emissions by 50% moving towards zero emissions by 2020.

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  • Person standing over the construction of the Gloucester Crematorium upgrade
  • Filtration unit
  • Th gardens of the Gloucester Crematorium upgrade. Arch and curved brick pathway with rose planting each side
  • People in construction kit standing over the construction of the Gloucester Crematorium upgrade

The key thing for any Local Authority is to get value for money and Vitruvius achieved that through budgetary savings and effective management of risk

Gloucester City Council

Gloucester Crematorium

Our role in the project

Project, Construction and Commercial Management

The upgrade of the Crematorium involved taking the roof off the back of the crematorium, installing a new filtration plant and sliding roof and renewing all roads and footpaths throughout the site.  Components and services were sourced from all over Europe.

Gloucester City Council used the upgrade of the Crematorium as an opportunity to create an innovative tea room and wake facility, which both generates funds and helps retain business as the Crematorium now offers a complete funeral package.  Alongside the wake facility, a stunning water feature and oak structure to cover flowers and wreaths was also built.


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