Dundee Crematorium

Dundee Crematorium is a depressing brick-built ecclesiastical-looking construction situated in 1.8 ha (4.5 acres) of woodland on Macalpine Road in Downfield, on the outskirts of the city, 2¼ miles (3.5 km) northwest of the city centre. Built 1935-36 by local architect Thomas Lindsay Gray (1905-79), it is Romanesque in style, with a five-bay nave, flat-roofed aisles and round arched windows. A stepped tower to the east conceals the cremator flues, heightened c.1985. The round-arched entrance to the west features a Gothic iron-hinged door. The interior is pleasant, faced with ashlar and a pilastered barrel-vaulted ceiling. The current organ was installed in 1954 by Henry Willis & Sons of Liverpool, replacing an earlier instrument. There is fine stained glass by Alexander L. Russell and T.S. Halliday. The building was B-listed in 1993.

The facility is privately run by Dundee Crematoria Ltd, now a subsidiary of the West Midlands-based Dignity Plc, a publicly-listed funeral services company that operates 39 crematoria across the UK and has annual revenues of £270 million (2014). Dundee undertake around 1500 cremations annually (2014) and is one of the most expensive crematoria in Scotland.

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