Cheltenham Crematorium was commissioned by Cheltenham Council in Autumn 2017 and was completed in March 2019. Treske worked very closely with the project architect, main contractor and client to produce interior schemes and furniture designs which could work well with the overall design of the brand new, contemporary styled buildings containing two modern chapels.
Treske put together a colour scheme for the client (in the shape of a mood board) to show the curtain and upholstery fabrics together with all the other materials to be used, such as carpet, timber finishes and paint finishes. Treske also invited the client, architect and main contractor to visit their workshops in North Yorkshire to see at first-hand the design skills and manufacturing techniques which would be implemented in the manufacture all of the furniture and soft furnishings for this project.
Treske supplied bespoke crematoria furniture for both chapels which included catafalques, all furniture, seating and curtains. An adjustable height rise and fall lectern with fully integrated audio visual controls was supplied for Cheltenham Crematorium, as well as special bespoke sofas for the first two rows in each chapel and individual chair seating throughout the rest of the chapel.
Treske also supplied the specially shaped, motorized curtain tracks to hold the main committal curtains and a secondary lighter voile curtain. Voile curtains, which are made from very light, slightly opaque fabrics, are often used by crematoria when families still wish to see the casket through the curtain at the end of the service. They can also be linked with a dimmable lighting system to lower the lighting inside the committal area once the voiles have been closed. Treske also supplied various miscellaneous items for this project in the shape of a small movable catafalque for smaller caskets, a small movable lectern, portable coffin stands in solid oak, plus an interactive outdoor notice board for the main car park supplied in solid oak.