About Mortonhall Crematorium
The Council's Mortonhall Crematorium has reopened following a £2.1m programme of refurbishment.
Mortonhall Crematorium is situated on the south side of Edinburgh in an attractive mature woodland setting with the Stenhouse Burn providing a peaceful backdrop. The crematorium building, designed by re-owned Scottish architect Sir Basil Spence, was first opened in February 1967 and incorporates the largest main chapel in the east of Scotland, accommodating 360 people.
The project developed a modern, customer-focused facility as well as repairing damage from a fire in 2015. Amongst improvements are the creation customer-facing offices and a new family room providing privacy and sympathetic surroundings. The refreshed external waiting room includes updated decor and an oak site plan specially made by the Grassmarket Community project.
The main chapel's organ has been restored to improve sound quality, while the installation of high-definition web cameras will enable the streaming of services to the internet for those who can't attend, or for larger funerals to the smaller chapel for extra guests.
As well as improvements to the crematorium's environment, the refurbishment has replaced fire-damaged cremators and installed mercury abatement equipment to minimise emissions, in addition to a new concrete roof which will reduce future fire risk.