Vaughan Constructions was the appointed builder to deliver the Clendon Centre project at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak.
The redevelopment project saw the old St George’s building demolished and the construction of a new centre for secondary students (Years 7-9).
The team also undertook restoration works to the existing Mansion and Chapel façade and created an underground linkway tunnel connecting to the existing Mandeville Centre basement carpark to the new Clendon Centre.
The 7,500m² Clendon Centre is six levels in total; three levels of teaching space above ground, one level of teaching space below ground and two levels of below-ground car parking.
The Centre houses 18 classrooms, homerooms, office spaces, a reception area, a lecture theatre, tiered seating area, art technology facilities and end of trip facilities for staff.
A highlight of the facility is the stunning open-plan breakout areas. These breakout areas are scattered throughout the Centre and provide an alternative space for collaborative learning outside the confinement of a classroom.
The largest open-plan breakout area on level one has a two-story ceiling height and furniture arranged in Socratic circles to encourage student engagement and participation in group discussions.
The open airy feel of the Clendon Centre is set to motivate and inspire students, providing an optimal environment for learning.
The attention to detail on this project is second to none – from the choice of fittings and fixtures to the thoughtfully procured art on the walls – every aspect has been meticulously considered.
All of the art selected for the building is pieces by female artists, promoting the accomplishments of women in the creative space.
The Clendon Centre is constructed with a focus on technology and innovation. All classrooms are equipped with touch-enabled laser projection and wireless display mirroring, as well as multiple videoconferencing facilities, intelligent laptop charging stations, and secure print and copy facilities.
Vaughan Constructions was appointed as builder in 2018 and since then we have celebrated many milestones for this project, from the demolition works in 2019 to the topping our ceremony in early 2021. However, the most exciting milestone was to see the students tour the completed building for the first time and see their excitement.
It has been an honour to be a part of The Clendon Centre project, working alongside the architect, Architectus and the Loreto Toorak team.
Photography by Capture Point Media