Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria (CCC) have appointed Paynter Dixon to build a world-class memorial and botanic parkland destination at Macarthur Memorial Park in south-west Sydney.
The memorial park will accommodate 136,000 burial plots over the coming 100 years, responding to the acute need for space in Sydney’s rapidly growing and diverse multi-cultural population.
Landscaped over 113 hectares of open space at Varroville, the memorial park and botanic parkland are conceived as a whole-of-community sanctuary where visitors can gather, relax and reflect.
Paynter Dixon is responsible for completion of the design and construction of six new buildings to accommodate cemetery and recreational uses, including a multi-denominational chapel, function room, café and workshop, gatehouse and plant and maintenance building.
The architecturally distinctive chapel will complement the landscape with natural materials of sandstone and timber, and open to views of the surrounding gardens and water features.
Mr James Boyd, Executive Chairman of Paynter Dixon, said the company was privileged to support CCC in the delivery of this landmark project. “Macarthur Memorial Park is testament to the long-term vision of CCC in caring for the future communities of western Sydney.”
“Numerous religious communities have already welcomed the memorial park as a significant step in resolving their burial needs as existing cemeteries reach their capacity.
“Our shared commitment to quality and innovation will underpin the delivery of this unique memorial and parkland destination which the local community is bound to cherish for generations to come.”
Lauren Hardgrove, CEO of Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria, also expressed her enthusiasm.
“Catholic Cemeteries is delighted to partner with Paynter Dixon in the delivery of innovative and sustainable memorial and recreational facilities at Macarthur Memorial Park.”
“CCC recognised the critical shortage of burial space several years ago and is the only cemetery operator to secure new burial land to ensure affordable choices for families and communities in Sydney.
“Macarthur Memorial Park will set a new standard for memorial parks by providing communities with world-class facilities and unique public spaces, including a sculpture park, historical walkways and community gardens.”
View the latest construction video from Macarthur Memorial Park below: