The Kite canopy, designed, manufactured and installed by Handspring Design, is to be used primarily as an exit shelter for mourners leaving this crematorium after a service. It replaces a much smaller and not fit-for-purpose concrete-framed shelter.
The site is very exposed and suffers from high wind and mixed weather and required somewhere that provided some shelter against the elements, but did not encouraging people to stay for too long as the building is very busy.
The Council commissioned Handspring to design a suitable structure. A few options were offered and the Kite was universally chosen by the panel.
The freestanding structure has a massive green oak frame, that does not touch the building. Handspring used a combination of traditional mortise and tenon joints and flitch plates to connect the members. Rafters are notched into the frame. The roof is around 60% boarded with the rest glazed using a strutural glazing system.