Concept Design Works


CDS partner with several architectural firms who each have considerable experience in designing commercially viable crematoria that are imaginative, functional and empathetic with the local landscape.

We work closely with our clients at every stage, using our expertise to help shape and create the initial design brief before undertaking the conceptual design works. Occasionally, we are approached to deliver a crematorium scheme that already has planning approval. In such situations, we endeavour to add value in ways that are sensitive to the existing scheme and within the agreed budget.

The CDS Group continues to push the boundaries of design. We are committed to making future developments carbon neutral in line with the new government guidance and achieve a biodiversity net gain. We help clients achieve this by introducing new electric cremators which can be powered by renewable energy resources, so it produces 95% less carbon dioxide emissions than a gas cremator. In addition, other innovative new initiatives include cemfree cement with 80% lower embodied C02 emissions, plastic roads and recycled plastic drainage solutions, which all help to provide a more sustainable development.


Whilst the design of crematoria buildings and ancillary structures play a huge role in the look and feel of a new development, it is the forming, shaping and planting of the surrounding landscape that ensures the building development has real empathy with its environment

CDS work closely with the architect and in-house designers to ensure that the landform around the development creates distinctive spaces and peaceful surroundings. Informed by professionals, they offer contrast, physically and psychologically from the daily hustle and bustle providing environments for reflection and remembrance.

Landscaping brings together contemporary design and traditional style to create beautiful, relaxing spaces, providing visitors with an environment that gives them time and space to connect.

Interior Design

In conjunction with the visual impact of the crematorium and the framing of the landscape, sympathetic interior design is a key element in the creation of a space where families and friends can reflect and remember loved ones in tranquility.

At CDS we always work closely with our clients and architects to ensure we create modern and innovative spaces where families and loved ones can spend time before, during and after the service.