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The new Perth Stadium, with 60,000 seats and provision for future expansion to 70,000 seats, will be the third biggest stadium in Australia upon completion. The multi-purpose stadium along with a sporting, recreational and entertainment precinct is under construction next to Swan River on Burswood Peninsula in Perth, Western Australia.
The facility is being developed, built and maintained by the Westadium consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex. The consortium’s design teams comprising HASSELL, Cox Architecture, Arup and HKS designed the stadium and surrounding precinct.
The budget for the project is A$902.4m ($737m), which includes A$820.7m for the stadium and A$81.7m for the sports precinct. An additional budget for transport infrastructure costs of A$358m, as well as A$16m for project management, is also appropriated.
Construction of the stadium started in December 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2017, in time for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season. New transportation infrastructure will also be built as part of the master plan to provide improved access to the sporting complex from Perth.
In addition to hosting rugby matches, the stadium can also host cricket, soccer, track and field competitions, as well as entertainment events such as concerts.
New Perth stadium design
Situated in the northern portion of the Burswood Park Golf Course, the stadium will stand 42m-high with a five-tiered structure comprising a colosseum-style seating bowl, a lightweight roof and a field measuring 165m-long and 130m-wide.
The stadium’s white fabric roof will provide coverage for more than 85% of the seats and will appear to float over the stadium. It will display a spectacular glowing halo effect when lit at night.
A bronze façade made of anodised aluminium will wrap around a majority of the circular stadium and peel away along the eastern entry plaza. It will reflect the unique geology of Western Australia and represent the home team colours using state-of-the-art LED lights.
An internal public concourse around the seating bowl on the lower level will allow 360° circulation and views of the pitch. An upper level terrace will offer views of the Swan River and the city, as well as into the bowl. Both the levels will accomodate food and beverage stands, restaurants and bars.
Sports and recreation precinct design
The design of the sports precinct surrounding the stadium is inspired by aboriginal heritage and the state’s rich sporting history. The precinct will include three distinct recreational spaces that can be used by the community all year round.
A covered Community Arbour will link the new rail station to the river. An amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk will be housed in the west. A community sporting oval to the north will provide event-day parking and can be used by the public on non-event days.
The landscape design around the precinct is inspired by the six seasons of Aboriginal culture and will provide wind and shade protection, as well as a network of walking and cycle tracks.
Facilities at the multi-purpose stadium
The stadium will be equipped with two giant 240m² video screens and more than 1,000 strategically-located television screens. It will also house a children’s activity zone and 12 elevators.
Other amenities include full 4G Wi-Fi coverage across the stadium and sports precinct, in addition to more than 70 food and beverage outlets.
A multimodal transport system will facilitate the movement of 50,000 spectators or 83% of the full capacity within one hour of an event finishing.
A new pedestrian bridge across the Swan River will directly connect pedestrians and cyclists to the stadium from East Perth. The Belmont station will be replaced with a new six-platform Stadium station with a capacity of 28,000 passengers. The Stadium station will be the second biggest in Perth, with a train leaving every two minutes.
Margaret Court Arena is going through a $150m redevelopment project that will transform it into a new multi-purpose arena.
A 20-stand special event bus area located south of the new Perth Stadium will transport spectators to suburban neighbourhoods.
New Perth stadium construction
Site mobilisation for the project started in June 2013. Pre-construction ground improvement works involving the compaction of nine hectares of the site, installation of 55,459 wick drains and placement of 740,000t of sand surcharge across the site was completed by March 2014. The sand was left to settle until the start of construction in December 2014 in order to ensure optimal ground conditions.
The stadium structure will be supported by more than 2,000 concrete piles driven 35m into the ground. More than 10,000t of structural steel and 52,000m³ of concrete, enough to fill 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools, will be utilised to construct the stadium. More than 5,700 workers are expected to be involved during the construction phase.
Contractors involved with the stadium and sports precinct project
A design-build-finance-maintain (DBFM) contract was awarded to Westadium consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex (design and construction), John Laing (equity investor and asset management) and Brookfield Johnson Controls (facilities management) in July 2014. The contract has a 25-year operating period.
Ertech Keller Joint Venture, a partnership between Ertech Geomarine and Keller Ground Engineering, was awarded the pre-construction site works contract.
More than 100 contracts will be awarded during the construction phase of the project.
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