Western Australia to build new sports facility in Perth

7 May 2012 (Last Updated May 7th, 2012 18:30)

The Western Australia State Government is planning to build a new A$33.7m ($34m) High Performance Service Centre on the eastern side of Challenge Stadium in west Perth, Australia.

The Western Australia State Government is planning to build a new A$33.7m ($34m) High Performance Service Centre on the eastern side of Challenge Stadium in the west of Perth, Australia.

Western Australia Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the current Western Australia Institute of Sport (WAIS) facility lacked adequate strength and conditioning capacity, had no multi-purpose area, limited office space and poor rehabilitation equipment.

"The new WAIS facility will feature a multi-purpose gymnasium and training area, recovery and rehabilitation area, indoor runway, office areas for both administration and educational purposes, and sport science laboratories and research centres to collaborate with The University of Western Australia in research endeavours," Waldron said.

The new centre will include a 715m² strength and conditioning gym suitable for two sporting squads to train simultaneously, a 625m² multi-purpose indoor sport science testing area and a 260m² hydrotherapy-based recovery centre.

It will also feature an 80m, four lane indoor athletics track, including a complete pole vault setup, space for indoor javelin, a long jump pit and a 280m² laboratory, including a 70m² heat/humidity/altitude laboratory.

The facility’s athlete amenities will include a study zone, kitchen and recreation area, and will be designed to provide Paralympic athletes access to all areas of the centre.

Detailed design work is expected to begin in the next month, with construction starting in the second half of 2013.

The new facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.