Catalyst project of visionary masterplan. A building that creates new experiences and spaces for learning.

The Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre (stage 1 of the master plan) signifies the gateway to a future campus community that is intended to speak of the College’s pedagogical ambitions.

Internal and external spaces have been designed to be flexible and accommodate various modes of learning, music and drama performances, art exhibitions and community functions.

Corridors work as gallery spaces suitable for art exhibitions and functions for the college and the broader community. A variety of learning spaces include single rooms, double rooms separated by operable walls, and larger flexible learning spaces. The plan provides opportunities for breakout or reflection spaces. Ground floor spaces open directly onto outdoor learning areas, including an amphitheatre.

The Centre proudly includes sustainable initiatives focusing on the health and wellbeing of the students whilst minimising the impact on the immediate environment.

ThomsonAdsett responded to the College’s design criteria, whilst paying tribute to the physical site incorporating visual and physical connections to the surrounding landscape.

The building incorporates spaces that foster student creativity as well as showcase the College’s integrated art, design, technology and performing arts curriculum.


Catherine McAuley College


Bendigo, Victoria, Australia



Interior Design



Completed 2019


$9 million


This innovative building development creates new learning opportunities, designed to enhance the students’ skills and educational pathways well into the future. The future of work will be increasingly collaborative and global, so it is more important than ever for students to be able to interact and plan collaboratively.”

Brian Turner, Principal