Some Projects

A celebration of timber and elegant detailing to create a serene and contemplative environment

Hemel Hempstead Crematorium

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A crematorium which provides a chapel for 140 people alongside space for congregation, crematory, administration, staff, and of course memorial.

Hemel Hempstead Crematorium Internal Room
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Architect: Haverstock

For: Watford Borough Council / Constructional Timber

Engenuiti worked closely with Haverstock to design the structure which, while geometrically complex, creates a calming environment.

Within the complex geometry Engenuiti found opportunities to assess the structure analytically and maximise the benefits of the layout. By developing a structural hierarchy, utilising only pinned connections, and determining a clear load path we were able to design a buildable and efficient design with simple details that enhance the elegance of the building.

In the chapel and front of house areas, the structure is celebrated, with all timber beams and rafters exposed. This required careful structural detailing, involving plugged fixings and concealed steel plates.

The complex roof geometry, including nodes with up to seven incoming members, meant the connection strategy was fundamental to the buildability of the project. Recognising this, Engenuiti worked closely with the timber contractor, Constructional Timber, to develop the installation sequence. This proved extremely valuable on site and the installation of the roof beams was noted as a significant success.

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