The upcoming week will mark the opening of the new crematorium at Shay Grange in Heaton, which is poised to replace the current one at Nab Wood. While the crematorium building at Nab Wood will be temporarily closed until a future purpose is determined, the cemetery will remain accessible for burials and for those wishing to visit the Garden of Remembrance and other areas on the grounds. The room housing the site’s book of remembrance will also continue to be open.

This development is a pivotal component of Bradford Council’s Bereavement Services Strategy, aimed at modernising and enhancing the cemeteries and crematoria within the district. Thus far, strides have been made with the inauguration of Oakworth Crematorium last year. Additionally, the Muslim burial ground at Scholemoor Cemetery has been expanded. Future plans include the construction of a new crematorium in Bierley and an extension to the burial provisions at Bowling Cemetery.

Currently, approximately 3,000 cremations are conducted annually across three crematoria overseen by Bradford Council. These crematoria buildings are all over a century old, with Scholemoor, constructed in 1905, being the sole purpose-built facility. All existing sites exhibit limited facilities and capacity, particularly within the chapels.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “It is great to see Shay Grange Crematorium finished and ready to open. This work is the latest step in our strategy to create a modern, sustainable and environment-friendly bereavement service for the people of the district.

“It is a significant investment in future bereavement services operated by the local authority.

“We need to progress these works due to the age of the existing facilities which are working well beyond their recommended life span and which do not conform to modern environmental standards.

“We want to provide practical, sympathetic, convenient and pleasant surroundings for people when they pay their last respects to their loved ones.”

In addition to cutting-edge cremation facilities, the new site boasts contemporary and inviting chapel amenities, top-notch audio-visual resources, ample parking, and a pleasant and peaceful garden of remembrance.