Ashley Barnes recognised as Regional Woman of the Year

Delivering innovative and complex design solutions in HNE. 

Last week, 40 current and future leaders attended the NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence to celebrate and acknowledge the efforts of women in property and construction.  

Congratulations to Ashley Barnes, Design Manager at RCC, for being awarded the Regional Woman of the Year accolade. A very deserving winner, Ashley’s reputation as a champion for equity precedes her – as does her technical brilliance. Progression is complex and multi-faceted, but her vision is clear, “I’m responsible for helping ensure the glass ceiling within this space is shattered. If I can do that, my daughters will have the level playing field they – and all women – deserve.” 

Time and time again, RCC’s clients call on Ashley to deliver innovative and complex design solutions in Hunter New England. Paving the way for regional communities, her client-centric ethos has enabled the delivery of cost-efficient, well-considered design solutions that seamlessly integrate with local surroundings.

We’re proud sponsors of the Business Woman of the Year award, which acknowledges women in senior positions who positively influence organisational development through exceptional leadership. Congratulations to Cate Cowlishaw, Regional Managing Principal and Vice President at HDR, for her well-deserved win. Cate has a powerful impact on the industry, and her trail-blazing initiatives are creating genuine and meaningful change for women in the building, property and construction sectors. 


Well done to all award nominees, and thank you NAWIC NSW for another fantastic industry event. 


Eight wins for RCC at the MBA NSW Excellence in Construction Awards 2023

Delivering state-of-the-art social infrastructure for clients and local communities.

Richard Crookes Constructions has taken home eight awards at the Master Builders Association NSW Excellence in Construction Awards 2023.

These awards recognise the industry-leading innovation, high-end bespoke designs and complex precincts delivered by both our team and our wider ecosystem of project partners.

By delivering critical social infrastructure, we enable local communities to thrive – now, and for generations to come.

Congratulations to the teams for their collaboration and realisation of excellence:

  • Winner: Public Buildings $200m-$300m – Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Modern Project
  • Winner: Health Buildings Refurbishment $10m-$50m – Tumut Hospital Redevelopment
  • Winner: Public Schools Open Price Category – Alexandria Park Community School
  • Winner: Best Use of Structural Timber – Cranbrook School Stage 2 Redevelopment
  • Winner: Private Schools $50m+ – Cranbrook School Stage 2 Redevelopment
  • Winner: Best Use of Concrete – Cranbrook School Stage 2 Redevelopment
  • Winner: Lifestyle Living Over 55’s $50m-$100m – Kokoda Residences
  • Winner: Industrial Buildings $50m-$100m – Australia Post Oakdale West Industrial Estate

Jamie Crookes, Managing Director at Richard Crookes Constructions, emphasised the significance of industry recognition across our operational areas. He commented, “These prestigious accolades reflect our dedication to building a shared legacy with clients, consultants and subcontractors – they are testament to our long-term relationships with world-class delivery partners across Australia.”

Making mental health at work a priority for 3,500 people across Australia  

Wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility. 

As a family business, we work hard to create a culture of care and support both on R U OK? Day and beyond. 

Today we facilitated 40+ R U OK? Day events across the nation, connecting with more than 3,500 employees and subcontractors. We know that a strong culture can’t be built in isolation – the one we’re building together encourages us to check-in with our mates, support our colleagues and speak up if needed.  

The sobering reality is that the construction industry has grappled with high rates of mental health issues and double the risk of suicide compared to other industries in Australia.  The workplace is increasingly being recognised as a crucial setting for interventions aimed at preventing and managing mental health issues – this is why we’re so passionate about supporting our employees and their families. 

We were incredibly fortunate to be joined by Darren Higgins, a powerful and talented Fist Nations  speaker and former professional rugby league footballer. Speaking candidly about his past struggles with mental health, Darren reminded us of the importance of banding together and the power of ‘Don’t Give Up – Speak Up.’  

We are dedicated to ensuring our people have access to ongoing support, including:  

  • Wellbeing @ Work program, which is available 365 days a year and has been designed to keep our people across Australia connected.  
  • Employee Assistance Program, a confidential and free support service provided by independent psychologists at <Mend> 
  • Headgear, a free, easy-to-use app that offers a 30-day mental fitness challenge designed to build resilience and wellbeing 
  • U Days twice per year, for the purpose of maintaining work/life balance.  
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aiders 
  • Management training and support 
  • Family and parenting support 
  • Financial planning and advice 
  • My Fitness Passport & RCC Flyers 

Wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s take the time to regularly check-in with ourselves, and the people around us to build a safe and supported work environment. 

Emergency support is always available. If you need assistance, please contact:  

  • Lifelife – 13 11 14 
  • Mensline Australia – 1300 78 99 78 
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467 

Building an important partnership with the Property Industry Foundation 

Making moves for homeless and vulnerable Australian youth. 

We’re taking a moment to recognise our amazing RCC riders who’ve just tackled 60km and 100km at Tour de PIF 2023. 

In our first year participating in this important initiative, we’re proud to have raised over $2,000 in support of The Property Industry Foundation – an independent not-for-profit that increases the number of bedrooms available for homeless youth. 

In 2022 alone, the Property Industry Foundation built or refurbished five houses, developing 20 more bedrooms to the market for vulnerable youth. This brings their total to 238 bedrooms, home to 335 young people, and 86,870 safe nights of sleep.   

Well done to our team: 

  • Robin Jones, Senior Estimator  
  • Pauline Leggat, Contracts Manager 
  • John McKeon, Estimating Manager – Major Projects 
  • Jonty Young, Building Cadet
  • Obadiah (Obi) Williams, Senior Project Engineer  

Bankstown Airport Lot 4B now complete

Delivering 13,555m2 of state-of-the-art warehouse space.

That’s a wrap on Bankstown Airport Lot 4B – 13,555m2 of state-of-the art warehouse space. This milestone marks the delivery of the fifth lot by Altis Property Partners and RCC on the Altitude Estate, Bankstown Airport Site.

When asked about collaborating with RCC, Joseph Ajaka, Project Director at Altis Property Partners, shared, “The team at RCC have been a pleasure to deal with over the last three years, whilst they delivered 164,000smqm of high-quality warehouse space that makes up Altitude, Bankstown Airport.”

“The team were always accommodating to us as both the client and the ultimate user – the tenant. I cannot recommend the RCC Industrial sector highly enough – their thorough, considered approach to design and approvals ensured that all warehouses were delivered seamlessly on time during some of the most challenging years with the pandemic and the rainfall of 2022.”

The Lot 4B project was designed and constructed by our dedicated project team, and includes attached 960m2 two storey office spaces, amenities and services and external works.

RCC’s specialist Industrial sector has always been – and will remain – a core business unit. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to deliver quality solutions. Well done to our project team and talented subcontractors for building Bankstown Airport Lot 4B in an intelligent and collaborative manner.

Topping out ceremony at Kingfisher Grove 

Partnering with Keyton to deliver a socially connected community.  

Kingfisher Grove’s residents and staff joined special guests to celebrate the topping out of Building A – heralding the completion of the development’s highest point.  

Nathan Cockerill, CEO at Keyton, thanked RCC’s project team for being an ‘excellent partner’ throughout construction. “When we undertake any development, we want to show kindness to our community, residents, teams and partners from turning the first sod on a project to milestone events like this topping-out ceremony.  

“I want to especially thank the RCC team who came on board to finish this project and have done a great job so far,” he said. 

Once complete, Building A will offer 36 brand new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a village clubhouse. Designed to serve as a ‘social hub,’ facilities will include:  

  • Heated indoor pool 
  • Cinema 
  • Gym 
  • Library 
  • Bar and dining room 
  • Outdoor terrace 
  • BBQ area 

With more than 75 villages nationally and 17,000 residents across the country, Keyton is a leading owner and operator of over-55’s living communities in Australia. 

RCC is proud to have partnered with this market leading client – delivering facilities that will help residents live happier, healthier lives.  

Kokoda Residences wins coveted UDIA Award for Excellence in Retirement Living

Setting a new benchmark in vertical independent retirement living.

We’re honoured to celebrate Kokoda Residences winning the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) Award for Excellence in Retirement Living with Vasey Communities and WMK Architecture. This project holds extra significance for our team, being the first retirement-living high-rise building we have delivered.

The UDIA awards are designed to highlight innovation, sustainability, industry leadership and excellence in urban development across NSW and the ACT, with this particular category recognising retirement living projects that provide particular attention to the needs of retirees.

This commendation serves as a testament to the vision and collaborative efforts of our client and construction partners. Claire Davies, Director at WMK Architecture, summarised, “Change is an inevitable part of life and doesn’t limit itself to just one chapter…it is wonderful to know that this development will help people’s loved ones live well.”

Completed in 2022, Kokoda Residences’ design takes a holistic approach in response to the site, its local context and the wider community to create beautiful homes for its active and social residents. With its innovative urban planning, the twelve-storey village comprises of 117 spacious 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments in Wairata’s hart.

Martin Patience, General Manager – Aged Care and Retirement Living, reflected on the commendation, “Vasey Communities, WMK Architecture and RCC have a rich history built around integrity and trust. These shared values, and our specialist Retirement Living experience, allowed us to collaborate with the stakeholder team to provide a market leading facility and, most importantly, a wonderful place for residents to call home.”

NAWIC Archibald Breakfast 2023

Showcasing the digital space to inspire the next generation of females to explore careers in construction. 

Last week, a panel of RCC speakers took to the stage at the NAWIC Archibald Breakfast 2023, held at the Art Gallery of NSW.  

Pip Kearney, Client Relationship Manager, was joined by industry leaders involved in the delivery of the landmark Sydney Modern Project, discussing both the influence of digital technology, and collaboration with our partners at Architectus, ARUP, SANAA, the Gallery of NSW and Infrastructure NSW. 

The Sydney Modern Project is the culmination of over a decade of design, vision, planning, fundraising, consultation, determination and hard work. Conceived of – and master planned – in 2011, the design architect SANAA was selected through a competition process in 2015, with the project completed in late 2022. 

Michael Bradburn, Senior Design Manager, was the design lead for Sydney Modern Project. Michael introduced the concept of digital rehearsals to the audience, “…digital design and technology are tools to do a job. Before deciding on which digital tools were needed, we needed to understand the problem we were asked to solve – digital rehearsals help us solve deceptively simple activities.” 

Dean James, Digital Design Manager, showcased the digital tools that were selected for the project, and demonstrated their implementation at Sydney Modern. Passionate about knowledge sharing, Dean expressed the importance of all stakeholders being involved in technology advancements as part of BAU to create a “Next Gen” construction environment.  

Bella Basaglia, Design Coordinator, shared some of the design intricacies of the Sydney Modern project – taking the audience ‘behind the scenes’ to better grasp the magnitude of details required for successful digital rehearsals.  

Jesse Moss, Project Manager, closed the presentation by sharing an array of short, engaging 4D sequences with the crowd. Vital tools used throughout construction, these videos guided subcontractors and construction workers throughout the construction of the Sydney Modern project – planning tools that improved safety, efficiency and overall productivity.  

Since 2018, RCC have supported NAWIC and their ongoing commitment to achieving an equitable construction industry where women fully participate. Given this, we were proud to sponsor this event, and look forward to continuing our support into the future. 

Reconciliation Week 2023

Recognising the project team for the iconic City Tattersalls Club redevelopment

At RCC, we are proud to support and celebrate Reconciliation Week by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands on which we operate our business.

As a private, family-owned construction company that began on the lands of the Eora nation in 1976, we’re committed to promoting diverse and inclusive practices that support and empower Indigenous communities across Australia.

Recently, the project team for the iconic City Tattersalls Club redevelopment partnered with Aboriginal Artist, Kulka Fahey, a proud Biripi/Worimi Woman, to create three Indigenous artworks that brings together our history, people, clients and communities.

The three stunning artworks titled ‘Yannau Boomi – Walk Yesterday’, ‘Yannau Bungai – Walk Today’, and ‘Yannau Koobauki – Walk Tomorrow’, symbolises the history and progression of the City Tattersalls Club, and RCC’s vision for this redevelopment project to create a long-lasting legacy for our community.


Yannau Boomi – Walk Yesterday

This artwork represents the history of the City Tattersalls Club, with the depiction of the men sitting, symbolising the 20 members that started the City Tattersalls Club in 1895. Each meeting place represents 10 years of operation of the business.

The community and landscape is portrayed through the use of footprints, representing the pedestrian foot traffic. This acknowledges how well-known Pitt Street is as a major central business district in NSW.



Yannau Bungai – Walk Today

This artwork depicts the history of the City Tattersalls Club, with the representation of men, and now women, sitting around the centre. This highlights the progression of the Club.

The joinery around the centre meeting place represents the future evolution of the city and the City Tattersalls Club in the years to come. Not having an ending to this joinery creates the idea of continuation and growth.



Yannau Koobauki – Walk Tomorrow

The split down the middle of this artwork represents the City Tattersalls Club and RCC coming together with a vision for this project to create a long-lasting legacy for our community.

The meeting places (circles) either side of the artwork represent each companies’ values. Footprints are surrounding the centre to show the people within the businesses and the positive relationships they form.





Thank you to Kulka Fahey for creating these memorable pieces that connects RCC with the history of the City Tattersalls Club and the communities we serve.

RCC Family Day 2023

Bringing our families together for the annual RCC Family Day.

Every year, we celebrate the wider RCC family by spending a fun filled afternoon with our colleagues and their loved ones. This year, RCC families took over Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel in Sydney and Dullboy’s Social Co in Newcastle.

The day is part of our Staff Appreciation Program; an annual program of events and initiatives focused on giving back to our employees and ensuring everyone enjoys the journey at RCC.
We can’t wait for the next one!