Work has begun on a multi-million scheme to improve a borough crematorium.
The first phase of North Tyneside Council’s project to refurbish and extend Tynemouth Crematorium is under way.
The £2.77m scheme will see an upgrade to the chapel and its facilities at the North Shields site.
Work has already started to extend to the chapel, which will create extra seating, an enclosed entrance lobby, a new waiting area and improvements to the toilet facilities.
And making sure the extension is in keeping with the rest of the chapel, the council has started matching new and old stonework and reinstating an arched window, which was partially removed.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment said: “We are committed to ensuring those who have lost loved ones receive the very best care and service, and the work at Tynemouth Crematorium will ensure they do.
“Residents have told us that this is something that’s important to them and I am delighted that we have been able to carry out the work.
“The project is progressing well and I’m pleased it is on schedule to open early next year.”
Already complete, another part of the project has included replacing the cremators and new mercury abatement equipment is to be installed soon, helping the council to comply with the Government’s target to reduce the amount of mercury emitted into the atmosphere.