NEW plans have been announced for a major revamp at South Shields crematorium.
Key improvement works are set to start at the bulding, in John Reid Road, this summer.
The work will see the 1960s building have a large- scale steel and glass canopy constructed at its entrance.
This will provide effective cover for mourners gathering outside the building before they enter for services.
The plans will also mean improving the building’s exit corridor area to help prevent potential congestion at the end of large services, when people disperse from the chapel into the exit lounge.
Local councillor Arthur Meeks said: “The crematorium plays a pivotal role in the community by providing an important provision for local people at what can be very distressing and difficult times for all involved.
“The upgrades will help to refresh and modernise the building, ensuring the crematorium continues to improve its dedicated service to the residents of South Tyneside.”
Future proposals also include an increase in the number of parking bays for service users and an upgrade to the current public address systems.
The new plans and designs have been drawn up by an architect from the council’s Asset Management team.
The improvements will be phased in over the next 24 months to cause minimal disruption.