Welcome 2017


Welcome to our first post for 2017!

We look forward to an exciting year ahead with plenty of interesting projects. Our team has started the year with gusto, commencing work on a new Community Hub in Newman, new hospitality and residential projects, as well as completing the documents for Shenton College and seeing our hard work on various earlier projects come to fruition on-site.We look forward to working with you, our valued clients and industry colleagues to create better built environment outcomes for our great state.



Green Cities Conference 2017

In line with our philosophy around the provision of sustainable design solutions for our projects, Ian Hart will be attending the annual Green Cities Conference in Sydney, commencing on the 6th of March.  The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Fast Forward to the Future.’

This three day conference is co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia and is the premier sustainability conference for the built environment.
Sustainability is a key factor in our design process not an afterthought. JCY fundamentally believe that sustainability should be integrated holistically into the design of all of our projects to minimise the impact on the environment, improve health and well-being of the community, be adaptable to future change and be affordable. We are constantly looking at expanding our sustainability objectives and investigating innovative ways to integrate sustainability into every aspect of the design process.

Ian is our GBCA Accredited Professional and this conference is an excellent forum to engage with thought leaders and industry professionals and gain insight into valuable sustainability initiatives for implementation into all of our projects.



Facelift for a Fremantle high school

Two local Fremantle schools, South Fremantle and Hamilton Senior High Schools, will amalgamate at the end of the 2017 school year, opening in January 2018 as Fremantle College – a new school on the former South Fremantle site.  JCY architects are responsible for the design and contract administration of a new Performing Arts and Theatre Building at the front of the school as well as refurbishment to large areas of the existing school buildings, many of which date back to the late 1960s.

The first stage of the refurbishment program on the South Fremantle Senior High School site was recently completed in time for the commencement of the 2017 school year.  These elements included the creation of a new Administration Block, upgrades to Toilet Blocks and the modernisation and refurbishment of IT classrooms.  Work in the Design and Technology teaching spaces have resulted in a new Machine Room, Woodwork, Mechatronics and Composite Engineering rooms.

Further refurbishment works are continuing throughout the year.  Currently underway is the construction of new Visual and Digital Arts Teaching and Learning spaces, a new Commercial Kitchen and Restaurant and facilities for Student Services and the school’s Senior School Engagement Program.  These will complement the new building also under construction which contains 16 General Learning Areas, 6 Science Laboratories and a Performing Arts Facility.

Deputy Principal (Transition) Neil Wilson said the new buildings and refurbishments have created a modern feel to the original school buildings, which won design awards in 1969.  Students and staff are enjoying the new facilities with their light and airy learning spaces that still maintain many features of the original design and build.

The new blocks and refurbished buildings and surrounding grounds will create a visually appealing, modern facility that will continue to address student needs well into the future.



Riding for a reason

There are now just weeks to go before Ian Hart will be donning lycra for the annual 2017 Hawaiian Ride for Youth to raise awareness and funds for Youth Focus.

Youth Focus is an independent not for profit organisation that supports vulnerable young people in WA by offering a range of free mental health services. There are over 180 cyclists taking part in the ride who will be covering approximately 700kms over the 5 days from Albany to Perth. The training for the ride includes getting up at 5am for 3 mornings a week over a 6 month period, with each rider averaging over 7,500km in training alone!

Did you know?

  • More people die as a result of suicide each year in Australia than in fatalities on our roads;
  • Suicide accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in the 12-25 year age group, being the largest cause of death in this age group;
  • On average, we lose one young Western Australian to suicide every week; and
  • Almost a third of all young people will have had an episode of mental health by the age of 25.

For more information on Youth Focus, please visit the website – www.youthfocus.com.au.

We are very proud of Ian’s commitment to this as it’s not an easy task but one that is well worth it for this very important cause and  he has already raised an impressive total in excess of $6300 but we are asking for your help to achieve more.

Please take a moment to view the online fundraising page and donate to support this very worthwhile cause. It’s easy and will take no time at all – simply click on the link below to Ian Hart’s personal fundraising page and donate:


All information provided online is secure and all donations will be processed and sent directly to Youth Focus. A tax deductible receipt for donations over $2 will be sent to you when the transaction has been completed.

We wish Ian and his team all the best on their ride and thank you in advance for your support. It is greatly appreciated.



We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

The Australian Institute of Architects has launched 2017 with the motto – ‘Keep WA Great and use an Architect.’

This initiative to reiterate the importance of the responsible development of our state for the benefit of the greater community through the inclusion of accredited and responsible design professionals, i.e. Architects, in the design of our built form is vital to the forward planning of our built environment.

Click here to read more about this initiative and how it will benefit all West Australians.



From the JCY Archives!

167 Westralia Plaza, located alongside Brookfield Place, was the first project in Western Australia to achieve a Green Building Council of Australia ‘Green Star’ certification, receiving a 4 Star rating for Office Design. The project comprises a twelve storey office and retail building accommodating 9800m² of A-grade office net lettable area and 760 m² of retail net lettable area, two levels of basement parking and a landscaped pedestrian plaza.

167 Westralia Plaza creates an iconic gateway to the existing Westralia Square building and Brookfield Place providing a significant pedestrian thoroughfare to the Convention Centre and public transport facilities to the south. The projecting bold sculptural form of the ‘ribbon’ façade cladding provides an interesting juxtaposition between this building and the adjacent Old Perth Boys School and Perth Technical College, whilst being of low scale and sympathetic in height and creating a precinct entrance of sensitive proportion. The broad plaza, set back from the eastern boundary, is respectful to the heritage buildings and creates a substantial civic avenue leading towards Westralia Square.

The ‘ribbon’ element creates a sense of playfulness and creativity along the eastern (plaza) façade and draws pedestrians towards the Entrance Foyer. This seductive form extends through the building to Mercantile Lane on the west façade, forming the high ceiling within the foyer space.

The Green Building Council of Australia ‘Green Star’ rating system is a holistic assessment of sustainable initiatives possible which recognises industry ‘best practice’ for environmentally sustainable office design. Key environmentally sustainable aspects of the design include:

  • Reduced operational energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the criteria for ABGR performance;
  • The use of exterior sun screens, high performance double-glazing reducing heat loads on the building;
  • Flexible and highly efficient air-conditioning systems;
  • High efficiency light fittings, operated with automatic control through the Building Management System;
  • Materials were selected from low environmentally impacting sources. Additionally, materials requiring low maintenance and with known longevity were utilised;
  • Extensive bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities for building occupants is provided;
  • Capture and re-use of fire-systems test water for irrigation;
  • Solar-powered hot water heating; and,
  • Enhancement of user comfort through the use of sustainable design features and elements such as shading devices, efficient lighting, improvement of indoor air quality. The clever planning permits most occupants to have close proximity to daylight.

167 Westralia Plaza has become a unique and iconic building with significant prominence on St Georges Terrace.