Saint Michael the Archangel Mausoleum


Sector: Mausoleum

Address: Melbourne General Cemetery, North Avenue, Carlton

Client: Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Final($): 8m

Duration: June 2017 - May 2018

Architect: Webb Plus

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Harris HMC was engaged to construct this unique and architecturally designed double storey mausoleum – the second and final stage of a project for existing client Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. Featuring a specially commissioned statue of Saint Michael the Archangel and beautiful finishes and stonework throughout, this project presented many design and construct challenges within a tight program.
With the first stage of construction complete, staff were relocated to a new workshop facility to allow for demolition of the maintenance building – the site of the new mausoleum housing 690 crypts. The construction site was very tight and closely bound by existing gravesites within an operating cemetery.
The scope of works included:

  • Demolition and clearing of site
  • Construction on piled foundations and a Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) structure using precast panels and structure steel upper floor
  • Construction of 690 crypts manufactured offsite in precast concrete
  • Installation of feature metal screens, skylights, statues and structural printed glass floors
  • Extensive stonework including marble walls, intricate mosaics, bluestone and terrazzo floor tiles
  • Installation of passenger lift with rose polished stainless steel doors – DDA compliant
  • External landscaping and exposed aggregate paving
  • Installation of solar panel system to continuously run vigil lighting
  • Creation of a new hearse entrance off Princes Park Drive.