Populous wins Perth stadium deal in Western Australia
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Populous wins Perth stadium deal in Western Australia

18 Dec 2011

The Western Australia Government has appointed Populous as an architectural consultant for a A$1bn ($991.5m) 60,000-seat stadium at Burswood Peninsula in Perth, Australia.

The Western Australia Government has appointed Populous as an architectural consultant for a A$1bn ($991.5m) 60,000-seat stadium at Burswood Peninsula in Perth, Australia.

The state government has selected a northern section of the Burswood Park golf course in Australia for the development of Perth’s new stadium after extensive soil and geo-technical testing.

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett said: "Populous has worked on many of the world’s best-known stadia including Wembley, the main stadium for the London 2012 Olympics, Yankee Stadium in New York, and Etihad and Suncorp in Australia.

"Populous will consult with key stakeholders including the various sporting bodies to ensure we take the right brief forward to the next stage of the project, and that the stadium meets their myriad needs.

"This will include providing the best spectator viewing option for sports like rugby and soccer that require a rectangular playing field," Barnett added.

Master planning for the stadium will be completed in mid-2012, construction is scheduled to start in 2014 and the stadium is expected to be completed in 2018.

A design competition will be held in 2013 to find a designer for the project.

The new stadium will have the third-biggest capacity in Australia and become the second-biggest home stadium in the Australian Football League.

It is also expected to encourage further development of Burswood Peninsula and create an entertainment and retail precinct on the eastern edge of Perth, which will link to the new Riverside and Perth Waterfront developments as well as the Perth Link, the Cultural Centre and the Perth Arena.

There are plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to 70,000 seats in the future.

The state government is planning to invest A$700m ($694m), with another A$3m ($2.9m) to be allocated for rail and other transport facilities.

The construction site will require piling and will be filled in up to 3.5m, higher than the 3.2m one-in-100-year flood level.