A crematorium will undergo a £1.1 million revamp to help make it more environmentally-friendly.
Work on the Masonhill Crematorium in Ayr, which began last week, aims to make the venue one of the most sustainable in Scotland.
New, more energy-efficient furnaces will be installed at Masonhill, which is owned by South Ayrshire Council.
The major improvement programme involves the introduction of “abatement” equipment, that will filter out mercury, dioxins and other harmful emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
This will ensure the crematorium meets government standards on mercury emissions.
Lesley Bloomer, South Ayrshire’s Executive Director for Development and Environment, said: “Our priority at all times is to provide mourners and visitors with quality services in a respectful environment.
A nd we will continue to do this throughout the works programme.
“This project marks significant investment by the Council and is testament to our commitment to reducing energy use and protecting the environment.
“It will further enhance the facilities available at Masonhill and will confirm our position as one of the leading crematoria in the country.”
A second phase of work will also include improvements to the chapel area, including the altar and organ.
Council bosses added that, “to maintain a peaceful and dignified environment for those paying their respects,” the work will be carried out after 4pm Monday to Friday and at weekends, when the crematorium is not in use.