Within the imposing heritage fence, Loreto College has innovatively converted an aging structure into the Mulhall Centre, an inspiring contemporary learning environment for Year 9 students.
Following the relocation of the music and drama faculty to the Mary’s Mount Centre in 2014, the opportunity arose to convert the retired space to meet the growing needs of the College. Morton Dunn Architects worked with the College to overcome restrictions of the existing structure to meet modern day teaching facilities and requirements. The final design of the Mulhall Centre is an airy, light filled creative learning space, based on modern teaching pedagogy, with extraordinary flexibility of workspaces to enable students and teachers to move in and out of classes and into break out spaces with ease.
This area of the College has had several reincarnations in its time. Past pupils will recall the space as an outdoor area, an enclosed gym and a converted music and drama space, however, this latest incarnation is the most creative. The Mulhall Centre caters for six classes of Year 9 students in light filled classrooms with breakout spaces, mobile state-of-the-art furniture and soundproof operable walls that open up to house the entire Year 9 unit. The glass walls are intricately surfaced with waves of College House colours and inspiring quotes for young women, from the founder of Loreto College, Mother Gonzaga Barry (ibvm).
The ten month construction by Nicholson Construction throughout 2015 was the final stage in a Master Plan that also saw the development of the gymnasium change rooms and the addition of the spectacular Loreto Crest that can now be seen overlooking the Loreto College rowers on the waters of Lake Wendouree.
Enjoy a 360 tour of our Mulhall Centre.