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Oak Chapel Crematorium

Architect: Adrian Morrow of Adrian Morrow Architects
Location: Milton Keynes

'The building makes superb use of Snowstorm Split externally with Snowstorm Polished internally. This building is a great example of how 'bespoke' blockwork can create some stunning forms such as curved walls'.

Milton Keynes Council were seeking a building of tranquil character which was not associated with any particular religion or culture.

RecycledWith sustainability as a key issue, the building blocks chosen were provided by Lignacite Ltd.

The Chapel was awarded a certificate of excellence in the sustainability category in the 2012 Concrete Society Awards, where the judges commented on the quality of the concrete masonry walling. The building has been well received by the community having helped to lift the spirits of those who have attended services.

Milton Keynes based architect Adrian Morrow has just published a new book describing the inception, design and creation of the award winning Oak Chapel at Crownhill Crematorium.

The author describes how the design of this calm and tranquil building was inspired by the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas as designed by American architect, Louis Kahn. The building incorporates a number of sustainable systems, as described thoroughly in the book, and is an essay in the use of concrete comprising, not only, an in-situ self-compacting concrete frame, but also, cycloid shaped in-situ concrete roofs and flat roofs.Bespoke The external and internal walls comprise both split faced and polished face Lignacite Snowstorm concrete blocks. The use of concrete continues both internally with polished pigmented concrete floors and externally into the landscape where permeable concrete paving was used. In situ concrete also features in the headwalls within the SUDS system. As a result the building received two Concrete Society Awards in 2012, being presented with both the Certificate of Excellence in the Building Category and a Commendation in the Sustainability Category.

Giles de Lotbiniere, Chairman of Lignacite Ltd, wrote, “We continue to use photographs of the Crematorium in our adverts and literature as it remains one of the most beautifully detailed buildings we have been involved with”.

The book comprises 30 pages and the text is supplemented with drawings and colour photographs. It is available to purchase from Blurb.

The book was written to tie in with the Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days in September. The architect will be carrying out guided tours of the Chapel on September 10 from 10.00am. Tickets are free and are available via Eventbrite.

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