Loreto Mandeville Hall
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak is an independent girls’ Catholic school in Victoria. The school’s Toorak campus comprises buildings ranging from the 1877 heritage-listed mansion to the architecturally award-winning Mandeville Centre. Root Partnerships (RP) was appointed in late 2016 to manage the Feasibilty Phase for the refurbishment of an existing auditorium.
The upgrade to the auditorium was proposed to include retractable seating, acoustic treatment, a bio box, theatrical lighting and sound equipment, a lift, and drama classrooms. The aim was to provide a fit-for-purpose 500-seat performance and assembly space.
RP was responsible for providing strategic and planning advice to support Loreto in achieving its vision for the project, and for identifying impacts of the project on the operations of the school so that they could be managed and minimised during the delivery phase.
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 that is appropriate for theatrical performances as well as musical performances.