Pleasington Cemetery Extension

Client: : Blackburn with Darwen BC Location: : Blackburn, Lancashire Dates: : 2008-2015 Value: : £1,000,000

The original Pleasington cemetery opened almost 100 years ago and by 2007 was almost full. HDD were appointed to develop proposals for new cemetery space. Following extensive research into the planning context, hydrology, ecology, and archaeology of alternative sites (seven in total), Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council selected the site at Lower Fold Farm adjacent to the existing Pleasington Cemetery as being the most suitable for development of the cemetery extension.

HDD were responsible for all stages of planning, design and project management from initial pre-application enquiries through to planning application and then detailed and technical design. HDD managed a tender process on behalf of the council in order to select a construction contractor, and then managed the construction works on site under an NEC 3 Option B contract.

It was paramount that the new extension was sympathetically designed in order to fit into the attractive rural setting. The design layout, construction and phasing of the cemetery was thus sensitively laid out whilst also taking into account of a complex array of technical constraints, particularly in terms of groundwater, ecology, hydrology and ground conditions.  Development of the site also took account of a range of landownership and tenancy considerations and ease of future use, maintenance and management.

The cemetery with space for around 3000 burial plots has been designed specifically to create a calm and attractive area that complements the existing cemetery and includes:

  • multi faith burial areas,
  • a new car park, carriageways and access carriageways,
  • a new maintenance yard,
  • seating and garden areas,
  • extensive areas of soft landscape, including native woodland planting.