NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New home for world-leading library opens in Sydney
media release 11.02.17

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New home for world-leading library opens in Sydney

A flexible new building designed by Sydney architects Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) to accommodate one of the world’s most significant collections of religious texts and the nation’s oldest theological college has opened in Sydney. Officially unveiled today, the Moore Theological College Learning and Teaching Centre at 1 King Street Newtown is carefully designed to house a combined collection of more than 119,000 published works – including some of the rarest religious texts in existence.

AJ+C Project Director Mark Louw said the fi rm and College had collaborated to create a striking, sandstone and glass building optimising the campus’ prominent corner site and creating an immediately recognisable new gateway to the city’s inner west. “For so many years the College was rendered almost invisible because of the low-key nature of their existing buildings,” Mr Louw said. “The Learning and Teaching Centre aims to boost the College’s profi le, and transform its already highly regarded public library into an internationally recognised and accessible facility to support higher education and research.”

Designed over six levels above ground and one below, the building accommodates a 430-seat lecture theatre cum hall, 222 reflective study spaces, 100 collaborative study spaces, eight tutorial rooms, and offices for all faculty space in the one building.

“It was critical the building sensitively manage Australia’s oldest library of this kind, including books transported on the First Fleet and the country’s leading collection of resources for the study of religion – particularly Christianity and Judaism but increasingly Islam, Aboriginal spirituality and other religions.”

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown
media release 26.08.16

NEW PROJECT RELEASE: New AJ+C designed tennis centre opens in game, set and match for Blacktown

The latest in a series of sporting facilities designed by award-winning firm Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) is to be opened in Western Sydney – allowing the ‘sporting city’ of Blacktown to compete for and host major regional tennis tournaments for the first time.

Launched tomorrow, the facilities include extensions to the existing Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope (doubling its indoor courts from two to four and creating additional services), a new two-storey tennis centre and 16 outdoor courts, including a centre court with permanent seating for more than 360 spectators.

Commenting on the design, Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said: “I was extremely keen, as was my predecessor, to have a full centre court. The way AJ+C has delivered this, with the building looking on to it and featuring a series of ‘corporate boxes’ overlooking it, gives the space a fantastic ambience. The way this area then flows through to the existing and new facilities make this the jewel in the crown for the city’s sporting assets.”

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Media Release: AJ+C multipurpose sports hall wins top NSW educational architecture award
media release 4.07.16
Abbotsleigh Multi-purpose School Sports Hall and Sports field

Media Release: AJ+C multipurpose sports hall wins top NSW educational architecture award

The most recent in a series of international-award-winning sports halls designed by Sydney firm Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has been named NSW’s best new educational building.

Abbotsleigh’s Multi-purpose Assembly and Sports Hall and Sports Field was awarded the State’s top William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture at the AIA’s 2016 NSW Architecture Awards in Sydney last night. Designed by CEO Michael Heenan, the hall was described as exhibited “excellence” in multiple ways.

The honour is the latest in a run of awards over the past decade for AJ+C’s sports facilities, including the Milson Island Indoor Sports Hall, Berry Sports and Recreation Centre, and the Lake Ainsworth Sports Hall.

Presenting the award, the AIA jury said: “The excellence of this building can be accounted for on many registers. Its sustainability credentials are significant and include sensate site positioning, the use of life cycle cost benefit considerations, the demand for natural light and ventilation, energy conservation and performance criteria, and the substantial resuse of roof captured rain water. Formally, the building acknowledges the thermodynamic modelling used in the development of the internal environmental performance of the building. In relation to its urban context the project achieves significant gains for the school through the creation of a nuanced and renewed relationship to Ada Avenue to the east. The significant height demand of sports such as netball, indoor tennis and basketball has been carefully addressed and remediated through the use of facades treated with louvres and screens. This project’s real achievement however is in its creation of incredibly comfortable spaces to inhabit, which the housing of school sports facilities typically does not support. Internally the building is visually warm and day lit, and a visual and sensorial connection to the outside is constant. Natural cross ventilation ensures that both the sound and the scent of the blue gum forest is never far from the game, while the soaring height of the interior spaces are both inspiring and engaging.”

Mr Heenan said it was an honour to be selected, particularly given the strength of new tertiary, secondary and primary buildings across the State, pushing boundaries to produce education facilities of extraordinary quality.

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