The architecturally-designed mausoleum, on the eastern side of the historic cemetery, will contain 96 companion and 16 single sites. It is the only development of its type in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
Adelaide Cemeteries Authority chief executive officer Robert Pitt said more than 12 per cent of the crypts had been sold “off the plan” and he expected interest would increase as the building progressed.
The mausoleum is being built on the last remaining area of fallow land in the Cheltenham cemetery precinct.
“A workshop that was previously on site has been relocated to a property across the road to make way for the mausoleum, which is scheduled to be completed by September,” Mr Pitt said.
“The mausoleum will be completed to a very high standard with the use of polished granite and premium imported Italian fittings, vigil lights and embellishments.
“It is designed to provide a modern, European tone and will be landscaped to create an air of understated prestige.”
Mr Pitt said the decision to construct a mausoleum followed market research that indicated significant demand for such a facility in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
“The new mausoleum will provide families with more choice for remembering their loved ones,” he said.