Paynter Dixon has been appointed by Catholic Cemeteries + Crematoria (CCC) to build a world-class memorial and botanic parkland destination in south-west Sydney.
Macarthur Memorial Park will accommodate 136,000 burial plots over the coming 100 years, responding to the acute need for space in Sydney’s swiftly 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, exercise, relax and reflect.
Paynter Dixon is responsible for completion of the design and subsequent construction of six new buildings to accommodate cemetery and recreational uses, including a multi-denominational chapel, function room, café, gatehouse and plant workshop and maintenance building.
The architecturally distinctive chapel will complement the landscape with natural materials of rammed earth 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.
“Numerous religious communities have already welcomed the memorial park as a significant step in resolving their burial needs as existing cemeteries reach their capacity.
“In recent years we have worked closely with CCC to create state-of-the-art facilities, including the Sydney Crematorium at Kemps Creek Memorial Park, and refurbishment of the Liverpool Cemetery.
“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.
“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.”
Macarthur Memorial Park is due for completion in 2024.