The majority of New Zealand crematoria are owned by the Local Territorial Authority/Council which allows a monopoly over the cremation marketplace, with respect to location and cost. The Hamilton Crematorium aims to challenge this. The new privately owned crematorium, is linked to an existing funeral home, specialising in cremations.
With a requirement of 1,800 cremations per year, or five a day, this new delivery looks to gain market share across the North Island. Already, since the build the build started, there are thirty funeral homes around the country that have signed up to use the new Hamilton Crematorium.
The new building extension includes chapel and guest gathering spaces, a mortuary, with related chiller provision, viewing and dressing spaces, and external guest arrival and departure zones. Conceived and “inspired” essentially as a chapel, the exterior shell is clad in brickwork. It is edged with a cloister configuration across the façade, in turn creating a screen for an existing guest building. The 17 tonne cremator will arrive from the USA in July of 2019, which will be linked to a 12 metre high louvre screened chimney flue. The final build and fit out delivery is expected in mid-September 2019.