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

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