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Catholic Leadership Centre

Architect: Woods Bagot

City of Melbourne | C68

The Catholic Leadership Centre is a world class conference and learning facility to support Catholic education and key agencies. The historic façade hides a labyrinth of contemporary, cleverly connected event spaces featuring the latest in conferencing technology. An adaptive re-use of the St John’s Evangelist School site in Melbourne, the complex centres on a landscaped garden, utilising the existing cloistered verandahs of the original St John’s school building. Site circulation occurs from this space and becomes a focal point for contemplation, and a light well to the surrounding buildings. Three pre-existing buildings on the site are now part of the centre, the heritage Celtic Hall, the small Simonds Hall and the St John’s school building, refurbished and converted into new meeting and learning spaces. In addition, three new buildings were inserted, connected by a covered walkway through the spine of the complex, including two large conference spaces, pre-function room, learning spaces, dining facilities and hotel accommodation. It is an interesting mix of old and new building stock designed by Woods Bagot, with construction by APM Group (Aust) Pty Ltd, for which they were awarded ‘Winner: Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings $20–$30 million’ at the 2013 Master Builders Association Construction Awards. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-2pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: C68

  • Tour Details: Tour Times 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 running for 15minutes, in groups of 25

  • Access: Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Year Built: 2013

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  • Transport: Tram stop: Hoddle St/Victoria St on route 12 and 109

  • Photo Credit: Casamento Photography


576 Victoria Parade East Melbourne 3002, VIC


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