Aberdeen’s crematorium is to undergo a facelift, forcing hundreds of funeral services to take place elsewhere for five months.
The city council is to spend £1 million renovating Aberdeen Crematorium at Hazlehead.
The chapel will be closed for 20 weeks from the end of this month.
More than 3,000 cremations take place there each year and many involve a funeral service.
It is anticipated hundreds of services will have to be moved during the work, from May 28 until October 15.
The work includes replacing the existing entrance and reception area, new disabled toilets, a new digital media system and a complete new redecoration of both chapels.
There will also be a new area for the book of remembrance, as well as new flooring and seating in both chapels.
The chapels will be closed throughout the work, meaning no services can take place, cremations will continue.
A council spokesman said: “The services which are normally held at the chapels will need to take place at other locations, such as funeral director’s chapels, churches or halls. Funeral directors, faith leaders, and civil celebrants will help those organising the funeral in their selection of an alternative location for the service and to ensure the needs of families and friends are met.”
Queen’s Cross Church and premises run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are venue options for those wanting a service to be run by crematorium staff, the council has said – and they can be booked through the crematorium. The cost will remain at £693 for a cremation and service and £543 for cremation only.
The council’s operational delivery convener councillor John Wheeler apologised for the disruption.
He said: “The improvements to the chapels and reception areas should help both families and mourners during the service for their loved one.
“We hope people will bear with us with the alternative arrangements while the refurbishments are taking place.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”