TOCAL agricultural college has won a national architecture award, 50 years after it was built.
The CB Alexander College, as it was originally known, was designed by architects Philip Cox and Ian McKay and received an award for enduring architecture at the NSW Architecture Awards last week.
The jury described the college as a ‘‘remarkable work of environmentally responsive architecture’’, noting its buildings, design and construction techniques had stood the test of time.
Built in 1964, the college buildings follow the Sydney School of Architecture tradition, considering topography and climate in their design.
The Australian Institute of Architects award comes almost 50 years after the college received the Sulman Medal in 1965, the top award for public architecture in NSW.
Features of the agriculture college, founded by the Presbyterian church, include a great hall, chapel and refectory.
At the awards, the college was also recognised for its Asian architectural motifs, including a series of paved courtyards, floating roofs and exposed rafters.
The college was listed on the state heritage register in April last year.
It was one of the first public projects designed by duo Philip Cox and Ian McKay, who make up leading Australian architecture firm Cox Architecture.
Cox Architecture has designed several iconic Australian buildings, including the Sydney Football Stadium and the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.
Mr Cox said they were tremendously proud to accept the honour.
‘‘It’s a rarity today to find an architectural structure surviving half a century,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re delighted Tocal continues to show the value of respecting our building’s heritage.’’
by PETA DOHERTY
A TOCAL College dairy specialist has won the prestigious 2014 Dairy Science award.
Kerry Kempton, from Newcastle, has spent the majority of her 30-year agricultural career working in the dairy industry.
Her outstanding contribution to the sector and her support for farmers has now been recognised with this award.
As dairy specialist with the Department of Primary Industries agricultural education institute, she advises and educates on all aspects of animal care, from milk harvesting to reproduction.
‘‘In this key position she co-ordinated the successful Dairy Pathways and worked closely with farmers in the Hunter and surrounding areas to deliver strong personal support as well as highly regarded technical advice,’’ the department’s dairy manager Tim Burfitt said.
Her commitment and hard work had won her wide respect, he added.
More than 200 dairy farmers, industry leaders and scientists attended the awards ceremony at the University of Sydney Dairy Research Foundation in Pokolbin.