East Riding of Yorkshire Council celebrated a key milestone in the construction of the new £9.6 million Lelley Fields Crematorium in Holderness with a ‘steel signing’ event.
Due for completion early 2023, the site, off Sproatley Road, near Preston, will offer peace, tranquility, and natural landscaping plus state-of-the-art facilities to create a fitting place to commemorate loved ones.
The steel signing event on Tuesday 31 May 2022 was attended by staff and elected members from the council, including the leader Cllr Jonathan Owen, and deputy leader, Cllr Anne Handley, as well as staff from the main contractor Kier Construction.
It included a welcome from Cllr Owen, and the regional director of Kier Construction North and Scotland, Dan Doherty.
This was followed by the eagerly anticipated steel signing, with Cllr Owen, Cllr Handley, Paul Bellotti – executive director of communities and environment at the council, and Mr Doherty, among the first to add their signatures to the steel.
The event also included a tour of the site and display of building and landscape plans.
Kier Construction started work on site in winter 2021 and is making excellent progress to deliver this much-needed facility in the heart of Holderness, working to the innovative design of the council’s building design team in infrastructure and facilities.
Cllr Owen said: “It was fantastic to see the great progress that has been made on building the new Lelley Fields Crematorium, and I am proud of the tremendous amount of work that is being done to ensure our vision for this much-needed facility is delivered for residents of the East Riding.”
Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing at the council, also attended the event. Cllr Holmes commented: “It is a great achievement for all those involved to reach this key milestone in the construction of the crematorium. When it opens, the facility will reduce the length of journeys many local residents currently face in travelling to a crematorium at what is already a stressful and difficult time.”
Mr Doherty added: “The steel signing marks an exciting point of the project and the start of the assembly of the steel frame. The team on site have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and now that the construction works have passed this milestone, we can really start to see the building take shape.
“Throughout the project, Kier has pledged to deliver a range of social value activities to leave a lasting legacy for the local community and we have progress to date with five people progressed into employment, one project initiated apprentice and one educational workshop delivered.”
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East Riding of Yorkshire Council