Hope and Sons is going back to the drawing board over its
planned Mosgiel crematorium, but still hopes to have it
operating before the end of the year.
Managing director Michael Hope confirmed last week the
company was planning to redesign the planned facility as part
of a ''rethink around the budget'' over winter.
That should see the cost of construction lowered, although Mr
Hope would not say how much the company now expected to
However, with consents already granted, he remained confident
the facility would still open later this year.
''There's another three months of winter and if we can get in
and under way, we're looking at keeping it fairly simple, so
we're still looking at the end of this year.''
The funeral directors were granted consent in April last year
to establish and operate the crematorium on a 1ha block in an
industrial zone off Dukes Rd North.
The original plans include a 240sq m building to house a
cremator, an administration and staff area, a lobby, toilets
and a processing and storage room, and five parking spaces
The company initially hoped to have the facility open by
February this year but the timeline proved to be probably ''a
bit ambitious'', Mr Hope said at the time.
The Dunedin City Council has also confirmed it is considering
leasing its own Andersons Bay Crematorium to a private
operator, in response to the emergence of private
Hope and Sons' facility is expected to cut revenue at the
council's facility by up to 50%, creating a drain on
ratepayers, council staff have warned.
Leasing it was part of a move towards ''getting out of the
cremations business'' that could eventually see the facility
sold, council parks, recreation and aquatics group manager
Mick Reece said.
Councillors had considered selling the facility in 2012, and
considered its future again during a non-public part of last
week's finance committee meeting.