Media Release: The Residences, Cardinal Freeman
media release 5.05.20

Media Release: The Residences, Cardinal Freeman

Ashfield, NSW, Australia

‘The Cardinal Freeman sets a new benchmark for seniors living. Providing amenity and community through thoughtfully designed and planned new buildings integrated into an historic site.’ Setting a new benchmark in urban design and seniors living, The Residences by AJ+C for developer Stockland, breathes new life into a heritage site in Ashfield, in Sydney’s Inner West. – Peter Ireland, Design, AJ+C

The Residences at Cardinal Freeman is a paradigm shift in independent seniors living. Rather than separation, its focus is on community integration, active retirement lifestyles and ageing in place. The master plan and buildings by AJ+C unlocked the site to deliver a greater focus on open space and public domain with landscaped pocket parks and a central Village Green, that strengthens connections to the neighbourhood. A key urban strategy was realigning a major through-site road, to make movement more legible and layered, to preference pedestrians and weave that site into the surrounding street network. It also establishes a clear arrival point for the community of residents. All apartments feature full accessibility with wide doors and hallways and reinforced bathroom walls for future modification. Facilities include a resort-style health club, indoor lap pool, gymnasium and theatre arranged around the Village Green. For peace of mind, the Cardinal Freeman project incorporates a separate high-care facility on site, allowing residents to stay connected to their local community if their health-care needs change over time.

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Three AJ+C projects shortlisted in the 2020 AIA NSW State Awards
media release 21.04.20

Three AJ+C projects shortlisted in the 2020 AIA NSW State Awards

AJ+C has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects with three projects shortlisted in the 2020 NSW State Awards. Shortlisted projects include:

Cardinal Freeman
Shortlisted for:Urban Design.
The master plan and buildings by AJ+C breathes new life into the site, delivering significant new open spaces while preserving and highlighting its heritage value, and bringing a new level of resident amenity and community engagement.

The Burcham, Rosebery
Shortlisted for: Residential Architecture – Multi Housing.
This remarkable project embraces the site’s unique history, re-using the former 1918 Wrigley’s Gum Factory building as residential apartments. Our additions included: two new 4 and 5 storey apartment buildings.

Meriden School – Lingwood
Shortlisted for: Education Architecture.
The design incorporates six new low-rise classrooms and the refurbishment of Lingwood House, a heritage-listed Federation house on the site, with adjoining outdoor spaces landscaped for learning and play.

AJ+C congratulates everyone involved in these projects.

Media Release: AJ+C announces two new principals
media release 20.03.20

Media Release: AJ+C announces two new principals

Sydney, NSW, Australia

AJ+C announces two new owners, John Whittingham (above, left), and Brian Mariotti (above, right) who join Michael Heenan (above, centre) as principals in one of Sydney’s most respected architecture and urban design practices.

Michael Heenan (CEO, Principal, design) said the appointments mark a leadership restructure and renewal for a practice with a proud 68-year history. ‘The invitation for Brian and John to be principals reflects their skills and outstanding contribution to AJ+C over many years: Brian as leader of our Multi-residential and Student Accommodation projects, and John as leader of Sport and Community’.

Brian Mariotti led the AJ+C team on Darling Square 1 and 2 for Urbanest – two 20-storey towers in the Sydney CBD and is currently leading a student accommodation project in Redfern with two 18-storey towers, a new laneway and public art space connecting to the Redfern-Waterloo art trail.

In the growth corridor of Western Sydney, Brian is designing the Parramatta South Gateway Precinct and a new precinct in Liverpool where 260 residential apartments mixed with retail and commercial services. It’s being designed to the AJ+C’s Urban Backyard principles for family-friendly high-density living, and inverts the typical tower model.

‘Our research of the demographics for Liverpool found a high proportion of families living in apartments, but no real ‘family-focused’ developments on the horizon. We’re addressing this by locating typical high-street amenities and retail services within the building podium, and instead of putting the penthouses up top with the best views, we’re putting the larger, 3-bedroom apartments on the podium so they directly access the roof gardens – like a neighbourhood park on their doorstep. Working at this scale is pivotal because we’re creating new communities and precincts where people will live, work and come together to socialise.’

John Whittingham is using sport as an agent of social change, focused on a statewide reduction in youth depression, incarceration and suicide, by revolutionising sport, education and community facilities.

His work has been highly awarded, from his influence on Olympic projects to NSW Sport and Recreation venues and other major sporting bodies. John is currently working alongside the Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC), radically reconceptualising their facilities state-wide to enable not only greater community engagement, but a more fruitful relationship between youth schools and the justice system.

John led the Broken Hill YMCA Integrated Health & Wellness Centre – which turned a failing facility and into a community wellness centre with first class sports facilities, dedicated youth and allied health spaces. YMCA Broken Hill is currently competing at the 2020 NSW Architecture Awards.

‘This is a transformational project for a regional Australian city. It’s not about heroic architecture, but a replanning of the site, and some sensitive interventions that turned a failing centre into a thriving community hub offering vital health services and dedicated youth spaces.’

Mark Louw has joined the three owners on Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the practice.

Peter Ireland remains with AJ+C, continuing his valuable contributions to design and talent development and he has now passed on the baton of ownership to the next generation.

For high-resolution images, interviews or information, contact Joanne Sim, Clients + Markets Manager
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news 22.09.20
Gowrie Village making great progress

Construction is well underway for the re-development of Gowrie Village in Lower North Shore. When finished, it will further enhance its reputation as leaders in aged care facility providing 107 beds and 40 Independent Living Units.

Since the beginning of this year, demolition has finished and construction has begun on site.

We look forward to its completion next year.

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news 21.09.20
Urbanest and The Burcham shortlisted in the Property Council 2020 Innovation & Excellence Awards.

We are excited to announce the shortlisting of two of our projects in the Property Council 2020 Innovation & Excellence Awards. . Urbanest Darling Square has been shortlisted in the Development Innovation Category. . The Burcham has been shortlisted in the Best Heritage Development Category. . Congratulations to all involved. . The Property Council of Australia is passionate about promoting and celebrating leading practice by the property industry via the Innovation & Excellence Awards program. . Announcement of all National winners will occur at a Black Tie Virtual Event to be held on 22 October 2020. . . . . .

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The burcham view from roof over looking the sustainable solar panels
news 31.07.20
The Burcham on ABC

Renting does not mean you have to compromise sustainability. . The Burcham’s key sustainability initiative is the solar array on the building’s roof with associated embedded electricity network infrastructure. This is a substantial up-front development cost, but then provides flow on economic benefits to the body corporate by reducing operation costs and the residents who are offered electricity at a reduced rate. . Read more in today’s article.