Seasons Funeral Homes converts Wanneroo machinery shed into chapel

Season Funeral Homes. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Season Funeral Homes. Photo: Martin Kennealey

SEASONS Funeral Homes has converted a former equipment hire warehouse in Wanneroo into a chapel that can accommodate 360 people.

General manager Vanessa Wilson said the premises overlooking Wanneroo Road was the family-run funeral company’s largest site, and farthest north.

The former Coates Hire premises.

Mrs Wilson said the chapel could seat 140 people, with bi-fold doors that opened into standing room for larger gatherings.

She said they chose the former Coates Hire site because it had ample parking, with about 100 bays where construction equipment used to be stored.

“The partner just saw an opportunity on how this could be turned into a chapel,” she said.

“It’s amazing what you can do with an old machinery shed.”

Coates Hire developed the site to house its equipment hire business in 2004 and it took about three months to convert the shed with steel rafters into a chapel with pitched ceiling.

Mrs Wilson said it would offer northern suburbs residents an alternative venue to Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park for funeral services.

Donovan Forbes (senior funeral director) and Vanessa Wilson (general manager Seasons). Photo: Martin Kennealey

“There’s no time restriction; we can make services more personal and bespoke; we have a little more flexibility,” she said.

The site can be accessed off Mangano Place and there is a drive-through for hearses between the chapel and the administration building.

Mrs Wilson said Seasons had been operating for 28 years, had eight chapels across Perth and recently opened an office in Kalamunda as well.

Converting the warehouse to a chapel took three months.