Macarthur Memorial Park

Macarthur Memorial Park

In 2012, The Catholic Cemeteries Metropolitan Trust embarked on an ambitious journey to provide a visionary landscaped cemetery for the whole of Sydney. Our practice was entrusted with the task of designing an inspirational burial place on a large parcel of land (113 Ha) in Sydney’s West. Boasting panoramic views onto the Blue Mountains, Sydney CBD and the Campbelltown Valley below, it sits within the Scenic Hills and surrounds the historic Varro Ville House. The land presents multiple constraints, as is often the case on what is left of Sydney’s land suitable for cemetery development, including steep topography, the presence of Moist Shale Woodland and Cumberland Plain Woodland, heritage curtilage extending beyond the boundary of Varro Ville house, riparian zones and waterways, Aboriginal and European heritage, the potential for bushfires and tight Planning Control relating to the Environmental Protection of the Scenic Hills.

In line with our long-held philosophy that cemeteries should be designed as parks and provide a unique legacy to future generations, the vision for site will enable the client to showcase how a cemetery should be a respectful, emotional, sustainable and resilient landscape:
  • A sculpture Park, offering opportunities for local and Australian artists
  • An arboretum for future preservation and education of generations to come.
  • A cemetery which respects and safe keeps the important colonial landscape.
  • A concept which respects the Land, its landform and ecology by carefully laying roads and built environment and limit their footprint.
  • Concealed, private and low laying burial spaces with no visible headstones, to minimise visual impact.

Buildings: FJMT.

Soft Landscape: BOTANICA.

Civil Consultants: WSP.

Stormwater Management: Stormy Water Solutions.

Read more on Macarthur Memorial Park website.
Macarthur Memorial Park
Client
Catholic Metropolitan Cemetery Trust
Location
Campbelltown, NSW
Size 
113 Ha
Consultancy Type
Lead- Large multi-disciplinary team
Achievement
Largest greenfield cemetery project in NSW
Nepean Gardens Memorial Park

Nepean Gardens Memorial Park

Nepean Gardens Memorial Park
Client
Catholic Metropolitan Cemetery Trust
Location
Penrith area, NSW

Size 
21.5 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead- Large multi-disciplinary team
Jackson’s View Wetland

Jackson’s View Wetland

In collaboration with Stormywater Solutions, Craig Civil Design and Melbourne Water, our practice designed this award-winning wetland amongst a strand of remnant Strzelecki Gums, a species protected under Victorian Legislation. With carefully placed artwork, unique purposely designed playground and shelter, islands for fauna habitat and boardwalks throughout, the wetland has become the heart and pride of the local community.
Jackson’s View Wetland
Client
Cartagen Group P/L
Location
Drouin, West Gippsland , VIC
Size 
9 Ha
Consultancy Type
Sub-consultant to Civil Engineers
Achievement
Winner of the SIAV 2013 Award for Excellence in Infrastructure
Winner of the 2017 UDIA Vic Jury’s Award and Award for Residential Developments over 250 lots
Finalist of the 2018 UDIA National Award
Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

This design not only respond to the basic function of a cemetery, it also takes it into a new dimension, one where cemeteries can be considered as public open spaces with therapeutic qualities, a belief we have long held and promoted.

Due to the complex stormwater issues underlying the project, the FJLA team enrolled the services of Stormwater Specialist, Val Mag, to fully understand the constraints and opportunities generated by the steep and deep dams, the structural integrity of the dam walls and the erosion damage on the downstream creek in storm events. Armed with that knowledge and with our experience in cemetery issues, our design provided a creative solution with immense potential for safe and well presented interments.

The “working” dams can now function as ” water-treating” wetlands, compliant with Melbourne Water’s strict guidelines. Water has now the potential to become the main attraction as opposed to a source of problems.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Client
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Location
Springvale , VIC

Size 
9 Ha

Consultancy Type
Competition short list

Achievement
Winning entry

Northern Memorial Park Masterplan

Northern Memorial Park Masterplan

We felt that a stormwater Management strategy was essential to the understanding of the site’s potential together with soil science and ecological assessments. The cutting-edge water sensitive urban design (The first Stormwater Management Plan of its kind in a cemetery) played a major part in the development of the masterplan for the Northern Memorial Park extension. The complete road layout was designed as a system for the collection and filtration of storm water. Major axial roads will have wide medians both to become way-finding landmarks and act as large water filtration devices; secondary roads will incorporate car parking and avenue trees planted which capitalise on road run-off.

A simple and easily understood circulation system, in contrast with the somewhat convoluted pattern in the existing southern section, was a major objective, as was the retention of all remnant and extremely old River Red Gums.
Northern Memorial Park Masterplan
Client
Fawkner Crematorium and Memorial Park Trust (now GMCT)
Location
Fawkner , VIC
Size 
52 Ha
Consultancy Type
Lead- Small multi-disciplinary team
Achievement
First cemetery Stormwater Management Plan