BGC Construction has started a A$95.14m ($99.7m) redevelopment of nib Stadium in East Perth, Western Australia.
The redevelopment will see construction of open corporate boxes for 420 people, a covered eastern grandstand featuring food, beverage and toilet facilities, and a barbecue terrace with seating capacity for 250 spectators.
Western Australia Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said that the redevelopment would increase stadium amenity, spectator experience and financial sustainability of the sporting codes that use the facility.
"The Department of Sport and Recreation has assisted BGC in arranging the removal of the temporary grandstands and the builder has wasted no time getting started, ensuring this project progresses at a pace to minimise impact on the sporting codes involved," Waldron said.
The redevelopment will see construction of a new uncovered permanent southern stand, two large video replay boards, a new whole-of-stadium PA system, CCTV surveillance system and new pitch lighting.
BGC will install a new playing surface between July and October 2013, with the seating in the northern bowl area going in at the same time.
During redevelopment, Perth Glory will continue to use the stadium for the 2012-13 A-League season, which will be available with a reduced seating capacity of 9,500.
The first stage redevelopment is anticipated to be completed in time for the Western Force’s first home game for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Upon completion of the first stage redevelopment, the stadium’s capacity will increase to 20,500 people from the current capacity of 18,000.
Cox Architecture has provided the new design for the project and the completion of major construction work is scheduled for March 2013.
Image: The redevelopment of nib Stadium will see construction of open corporate boxes and a new southern stand. Photo: nib Stadium.