Promotions at AJ+C
media release 10.07.18

Promotions at AJ+C

AJ+C is pleased to announce the promotion of 11 of our talented people, including seven new Associates and Senior Associates. These promotions are a recognition of the high performance of these individuals and promote our active commitment to achieving greater diversity within our senior leadership roles. Four of our seven new Associates are women.

We are committed to developing and recognising great talent within AJ+C, and building the pipeline of future leaders. We thank all our promoted staff for their outstanding performance, design excellence and contributions to the business.

We look forward to their continued involvement in the future of our practice and the profession.

Sincerely
Michael Heenan + Peter Ireland

AJ+C’s Sports Hall wins World Architecture News Award
media release 1.03.18

AJ+C’s Sports Hall wins World Architecture News Award

Allen Jack+Cottier has beaten an international field of contenders to win the Sport in Architecture Award at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards in London on the 28th of February.

AJ+C’s winning project, the Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga beat five other finalists vying for the prestigious award. Already a multi-award winner*, the project comprises a new multi-purpose sports hall, elevated sports field, fitness room, large flexible teaching/dance studio spaces, tiered spectator seating, amenities, viewing areas, and two large undercover car parks. Its location adjacent to the existing aquatic centre and sports oval consolidates the sporting precinct of the School.

Principal architect and CEO of AJ+C Michael Heenan attended the award presentation in London accompanied by the building’s namesake Abbotsleigh retired headmistress Judith Poole. “To see our sensitive building that sits lightly in its native Australian environment up against internationally acclaimed buildings such as the mega San Mames Stadium in Bilbao was incredible, so it was almost overwhelming when it was announced as the winner,” said Heenan.

Heenan accepted the award on behalf of the AJ+C team who started working on the building in 2012 following a three year master planning phase. The building was completed in 2015. During the shortlisting process the judging panel commented: “Its scale is appropriate within the context. It’s got large volumed spaces that have been particularly well handled” – Tom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous “It’s well placed in the landscape and so well considered” – Rasti Bartek, Partner, Cundall The other finalists included the Golden 1 Centre in Sacramento USA by AECOM, City Football Academy in Manchester UK by Rafael Vinoly Architects and the Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France by Populous. See full list of nominees

For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact: Dimity PintoDimity@fredcommunications.com.au0412 164 333

For an interview opportunity with Abbotsleigh’s current Headmistress Mrs Megan Krimmer, please contact: Alex Norton – 02 9473 7746.

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Allen Jack+Cottier is a leading Australian firm offering creativity, sustainability and innovation. Since 1952 the firm has delivered award-winning residential, educational and commercial buildings.

*Previous awards for Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields

2017 · Ku-Ring-Gai Council People’s Choice Awards – Contemporary Design Commendation

2016 · Australian Institute of Architecture William E Kemp Award – Best Education Building in NSW · Australian Institute of Architecture Award Commendation for Sustainability · Timber Design Award for Timber Flooring · Learning Environments for New Construction Major Facility · ACSE Medium Projects Commendation Award

2015 · MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award – Best use of Structural Steel · MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Award – Sporting Facilities

Builder: Prime Constructions Pty Ltd

AJ+C’s Sports Hall shortlisted for World Architecture News Award
media release 23.02.18

AJ+C’s Sports Hall shortlisted for World Architecture News Award

Allen Jack+Cottier will be on the starting blocks as one of just six Sport in Architecture Award finalists at the 2018 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards.

AJ+C’s Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga has been shortlisted for the prestigious award to be announced at the WAN Awards event in London on 28 February 2018.

This multi award winning project comprises a new multi-purpose sports hall, elevated sports field, fitness room, large flexible teaching/dance studio spaces, tiered spectator seating, amenities, viewing areas, and two large undercover car parks. Its location adjacent to the existing aquatic centre and sports oval consolidates the sporting precinct of the School.

The Judith Poole Sports Hall is competing against heavyweight international competition including*; Golden 1 Centre, Sacremento USA by AECOM ; City Football Academy, Manchester, UK by Rafael Vinoly Architects ; Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France by Populous; San Mames Stadium, Bilbao, Spain by IDOM and Middlebury College Virtue Field House, Middlebury USA by Sasaki.

Principal architect and CEO of AJ+C Michael Heenan said of the project. “Shortlisting of our Abbotsleigh sports hall with the very best sports buildings from across the globe sets off an exciting contest,” he said. “We designed a sensitive building sitting lightly in its native Australian environment which is now is up against buildings such as the mega San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.”

Heenan will be attending the awards in London along with emeritus headmistress of Abbotsleigh School, Mrs. Judith Poole.

The WAN awards are the world’s largest international architectural program. For interview opportunity with Michael Heenan please contact: Dimity Pinto Dimity@fredcommunications.com.au 0412 164 333

*List of award nominees

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CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our fantastic project team for their dedication and hard work on the award winning Judith Poole Sports Hall and playing fields at Abbotsleigh School.

Aneta Tshuva, Mark Louw, Michael Heenan, Dua Green, Michael Jones and John Gunnell