Montebello Boarding School

At the end of 2018 we were approached by the Sisters at ‘Our Lady of the Holy Rosary’ Convent at Montebello (near Wartburg, KZN) to undertake a masterplan for their existing boarding house. The boarding house facility is spread out across 7 buildings that have been developed over the last 80 years. Our approach was to record and measure all the existing infrastructure accurately on CAD. We then undertook a rigorous user-participation process to ensure that everyone from the most senior Nuns to the most junior students had a say in the process of developing ‘the brief’. Workshops were held on site and everyone go involved. Once the brief was recorded, we sketched some initial designs which were presented for feedback. Based on this, a final masterplan was designed and drawn and will form the basis for all future development. The masterplan aims to integrate the different buildings with covered walkways, to create a ‘heart’ and focus to the campus in the form of a shallow amphitheatre for socialising and performance. New buildings – a chapel, a multipurpose media and ‘time-out’ facility, an outdoor gym, a new dining hall and dormitory above, new court, driveway and importantly – gardens, courtyards and vegetable garden are all incorporated in the design. The Sisters are aiming at a first phase of work as soon as funding has been procured – watch this space !