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

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme recognised globally at WAF 2017
media release 19.11.17

ANNOUNCEMENT: Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme recognised globally at WAF 2017

AJ+C and NH Architecture’s Sydney Fish Market Reference Scheme, which had been awarded ‘Future Projects – Masterplanning winner’ was announced as ‘World Future Project of the Year 2017’ on the 17th November from all Future Project categories at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

The judges took the view that the Future Projects Category “must award the project that opens up the greatest transformation of the future in all its forms,” and described the project as a “clear winner” in its category for finding a solution to a challenging brief.

The Super Jury, said AJ+C’s proposal “transforms a world bigger than itself.”

“It addresses matters of real life, visceral life, food and transport. The architects executed their role in an exemplary and inspiring fashion” they added.

Mark Dytham (Principal, Klein Dytham Architecture), Isay Weinfeld (Founder, IW. Arquitectura) and Monica von Schmalensee (CEO, White Arkitekter) completed the judging panel.

AJ+C and NH Architecture prepared the Reference Scheme and Urban Design Framework documents for UrbanGrowth NSW, which were used as the briefing documents for the Sydney Fish Market competition and redevelopment

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