The landmark premises on Kelvin Grove Road relaunched following $3.5million makeover
Longstanding local funeral operators George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals and White Lady Funerals have invested $3.5 million to create a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art venue for the community of Kelvin Grove and Brisbane.
The refurbishment has seen the landmark property on 270 Kelvin Grove Road take on a bright and calming aesthetic, which reflects modern design trends, while paying homage to the building’s heritage.
Now one of the largest funeral homes in Queensland, the new facility features a first-of-its-kind water feature that offers families a totally unique service. Other improvements include a 150 seat non-denominational chapel, a celebration and reflection lounge, outdoor decked area, and cutting-edge catering facilities. High-tech features, such as state-of-the-art audio-visual technology that can live-stream funerals online to well-wishers around the world, have been added throughout.
The unprecedented renovation in Queensland has embodied modern, changing views of death says, Joanne Smith, Location Manager, Kelvin Grove. “We’re so proud of the new look venue. Our customers are increasingly coming to us to help them celebrate the lives of their loved ones in a beautiful respectful manner. This shift in attitudes was the guiding principle behind the design alongside extensive consumer research, which told us that people wanted a facility that provided the same sense of calm as a day spa. As such, we wanted Kelvin Grove Funeral Home to feel welcoming, bright and elegant– somewhere to mourn, but also share treasured memories and remember people at their best.”
The state-of-the-art facilities and beautifully appointed spaces are equipped to meet a range of needs adds Joanne.
“While it may sound odd to some to visit a funeral home for anything but a funeral, we’ve actually hosted many community activities over the years, from Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, to Queensland Country Women’s Association workshops and local art shows. We hope that people and community groups in Kelvin Grove will continue to make us a part of their occasions.”
Redevelopment began in May 2018 and saw the George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals and White Lady Funerals brands collaborate with regional businesses in the architectural, construction, project management and design sectors, Joanne continues;
While the revamped facility features innovative technology and has a high-end contemporary finish, its legacy has been consciously preserved, including the historic rose garden and original chapel doors from the 1960’s, which have been restored.
“The Kelvin Grove funeral home combines the best of modern design and the building’s traditional beauty to exceed the community’s expectations of what a funeral service can look and feel like. We’re excited to open our doors and encourage everyone to pop in and see the space we have created for the people of Brisbane,” concludes Joanne.