Loreto Mandeville Hall
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak is an independent p-12 girls’ Catholic school in Victoria. The school’s Toorak campus comprises buildings ranging from the 1877 heritage-listed mansion to the recently completed architecturally awardwinning Mandeville Centre. Root Partnerships was appointed in late 2016 to deliver the next two projects in the school’s master plan – the refurbishment of an existing auditorium, and the redevelopment of the St George’s education building.
Root Partnerships’ initial project is upgrading an existing auditorium to include retractable seating, acoustic treatment, a bio box, theatrical lighting and sound equipment, a lift, and drama classrooms and thus provide a fit-for-purpose 500-seat performance and assembly space. In parallel with the auditorium, the team will develop the design for a new teaching and learning building to replace the existing building which will be demolished. The new three level building is proposed to contain eighteen classrooms, three art spaces, staff space, student services, meeting space and a potential basement lecture space.
Root Partnerships is responsible for ensuring that Loreto’s vision for these projects is delivered, and for motivating the consultant and contractor teams to deliver the project objectives within the program and cost parameters. In particular we will be responsible for ensuring that the impacts of these projects on the operations of the school are carefully identified, managed and minimised. This will require close consultation with all project partners and effective communication across the team.
There is significant complexity associated with retrofitting performance standard features and equipment into a former basketball hall, and striking a balance to provide a space which will be appropriate for theatrical performances as well as musical performances. Since the St George’s building is located in the heart of the school campus it is anticipated to be a highly complex demolition process that will also demand detailed understanding of the requirements for heritage and statutory planning approvals.