Winner chosen for eco burial site

By Connie Osborne Friday 29 November 2013 Updated: 29/11 10:34

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PLANS for a £600,000 building at an Alcester green burial site have been unveiled.

The winning design by Be Paris Baumschlager Eberle will be used for commemorative services at Alne Wood Park and will include catering facilities and offices.

The plans were picked from four teams who had their designs judged by a panel which included land owner Feliz Dennis and David Bliss from The Heart of England Forest (HEF).

The proposals include a 'floating' roof which was inspired by a canopy of oak trees at the park.

The site offers an eco friendly alternative to cemeteries across the UK where friends and relatives would be encouraged to plant trees to commemorate their loved ones.

It will host up to 133 burials per year in partnership with The Heart of England Forest and it is hoped it will provide a source of income, increase rural employment, bio-diversity and public involvement with the landscape.

Town councillor Mike Gittus said he welcomed the opportunity to support an innovative building such as this.

"I have had the opportunity of working and consulting with the architect, landowner and members of the local community over the last three years whilst this project has been brought to fruition."

He added he looked forward to a formal planning application being submitted for the new building.

David Bliss from HE said: "I am delighted with the feedback we have received so far from local residents and look forward to the continued consultation."

A public exhibition of the winning design will be on view at Globe House in Alcester until Sunday, November 30.

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