Saying ‘thank you’ with a wellbeing day
media release 31.07.20

Saying ‘thank you’ with a wellbeing day

Architecture, Urban and Interior design practice Allen Jack+Cottier (AJ+C) has announced they are rewarding all their employees with a day of paid leave to thank them for their work during the COVID crisis.

The AJ+C Wellbeing day will take place on Friday 7th August which will see all 75 staff members take the day off.

“With COVID-19 reshaping the way we run our business and live our lives, it’s important that we acknowledge the people helping our client’s and our practice stay steady during turbulent times.” Said Michael Heenan, CEO, AJ+C “Rewarding everyone with a day’s leave is one way we can continue to thank our teams for the tremendous dedication and commitment under these trying circumstances.”

Considering the health and wellbeing of their staff has been an important focus for AJ+C, initiatives have included mental health, resilience and mindfulness webinars, online yoga classes, on top of programs that were already in place such as employee assistance program, regular staff pulse check surveys and increased communication throughout the business.

The company’s typical end of financial year celebration is not possible, and the Wellbeing Day is an alternative which rewards its employees whilst providing time away from work to reflect, relax and recharge.

“Competing home and work demands, new health risks and feelings of loss linked to COVID-19 have impacted everyone.” Said Jayde Hunt, People and Culture Manager, AJ+C “All the initiatives we have at AJ+C have been well received by our employees; however, we want to support our employees in being their best selves and know that a practice with employees that are rested is linked to better creativity and innovation.”

For interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager t: +61 415 548 532; e:

One Melrose recognised at the World Design Awards
media release 14.07.20

One Melrose recognised at the World Design Awards

Melrose Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

One Melrose at Melrose Park has been awarded second place in the World Design Awards for the Residential Concept.

The World Design Awards recognises outstanding ideas that redefine Architecture design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the Architecture and the natural world, the Architecture and the community, and the Architects and the city.

Melrose Park is a 30 hectares redevelopment of industrial land that has been master planned by Allen Jack + Cottier (AJ+C) to be an exemplar mixed-use community, set among landscaped parklands.

The first stage of residential apartments, One Melrose, is currently nearing completion. Conceived as an urban oasis, on the banks of the Parramatta River. It consists of 277 smart homes across an enclave of three sinuously curved buildings, architecturally considered from every angle to harmonise with place.

“With buildings embedded into the landscape, and the latest amenities and transport options, we think it’s going to be a great place for families, a great place for professional couples. A place where life can happen at all levels.” –Michael Heenan, Principal, Design, AJ+C Click here to view full list of winners.

For high-resolution images, interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager
t: +61 415 548 532; e:

COVID-19 response
media release 5.05.20

COVID-19 response

(Last Updated 11.00am and 31 March 2020)

In response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, we have moved to a remote working model to protect the health of our staff, clients, fellow consultants and the wider community at this difficult time.

Impact on the industry

At the moment it is business as usual however we are monitoring how this crisis could impact your projects this could include:

• a shortfall of staff/consultants/council staff…and this may impact the project documentation.

• Delays to the delivery of some products which would require alternative products to be selected, and possibly the resubmission of documentation to the PCA/or council.

• Site closures, which then impact AJ+C services e.g. site observations/defects inspections.

Any delays will be flagged as soon as we are aware of this.


We have identified communication as one of our highest priorities. Utilising the latest technologies, we will communicate with you as usual on projects, we are ensuring our teams continue to communicate effectively internally and externally and finally we encourage all our clients to contact us with any concerns, delays you may be encountering or just to say hello during these isolated times.

Stay Safe

Michael Heenan

CEO, Principal, Design

Social Media

news 31.07.20
AJ+C Wellbeing Day

We’re rewarding all our staff with a day off.

The AJ+C Wellbeing Day in Friday 7th August will be a chance for our teams to reflect, relax and recharge.

“Rewarding everyone with a day’s leave is one way we can continue to thank our teams for the tremendous dedication and commitment under these trying circumstances.” Michael Heenan, CEO

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#AJCWellbeingDay #architectsajc #wellbeing #wellbeingday #wellbeingatwork #mentalwellbeing #workplacewellbeing

news 28.07.20
Coogee SLSC

Overlooking the wild ocean, construction is powering ahead at Coogee SLSC with concrete roof and steel delivery arriving on site.

We are looking forward to seeing the open views and new facilities the surf club will provide to the local community.

@randwickcouncil @meinhardtplanning @xenia_construction @jwrathall @mheenan20

#CoogeeSurfLifeSavingClub #coogeeSLSC #Randwick Council #Community #Coogee

news 6.07.20
Meriden Lingwood and The Burcham awards Commendations at 2020 NSW Architecture Awards

We are delighted to announce both Meriden Lingwood and The Burcham were awarded a Commendation in the Education Category and the Residential Category at the NSW Architecture Awards on Friday night.

Congratulations to the AJ+C project team and all consultants involved.

news 25.05.20
AIA 2020 People’s Choice Awards

AJ+C have three projects shortlisted in the @institute_architects_aus Awards. This year in response to the new appreciation the wider community has for quality spaces, the AIA have created the People’s Choice Awards for Life in 2020. Open to voting by all, this playful set of awards will seriously recognise the projects that inspire us in the context of our altered relationships to our housing, workplaces and centres of essential community services, and to the public domain.

Vote for 3 AJ+C projects

Meriden School Lingwood in the ‘We Are In This Together Award’ Category .

The Burcham in the ‘Isolation Oasis Award ’ Category .

Cardinal Freeman in the ‘We Are In This Together Award ’ Category.

Voting closes 11:59PM Thursday 18 June Winners will be announced in July.