Architectural win for Abbotsleigh

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The Abbotsleigh Sports Hall and Sports Field designed by Sydney firm Allen Jack+Cotter Architects (AJ+C) was recently awarded the William E. Kemp award for Educational Architecture in the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards - the  Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter's highest award for excellence in the design of educational facilities of any type and a commendation in the Sustainability category. The project was noted for its impressive sustainability features. 

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The project has now also been shortlisted in the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards in the Sports category, hosted in Berlin in November 2016. Nominations for these global awards are from more than 300 projects from 58 countries. Just 24 Australian projects have made the shortlist. The Multi Purpose Assembly and Sports Hall is one of six finalists in the Sports category, entering the realm of best of its type in the world. 

“Its sustainability credentials are significant and include sensitive 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 reuse of roof captured rain water,” noted the jury citation in the NSW Architecture Awards.  

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AJ+C were working within a very well-considered master plan which sets out the long term future of the school. The site selected within the master plan presented some major difficulties of ground settlement, underground water flows, steep banks, major trees and an address to a residential street.

"The solution, we hope, appears as if very little has changed! The Oval is still the dominant view from Ada Avenue with the large sports building nestled amongst the trees and surrounding forest on the lower carpark,” said design architect Michael Heenan.

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The sustainability credentials include comprehensive life cycle cost benefit considerations throughout; insistence on natural light and ventilation; energy conservation; and the capturing, cleansing and reusing of all rainwater.

“This is a building that works in harmony with its physical and spiritual context and can be interrogated on artistic, conceptual, technical and economic terms,” said Michael Heenan.

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