Construction is underway on a new 60,000-seat stadium in Perth that is intended to become one of Australia’s leading international sporting venues.
The Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is being developed by the Westadium consortium, which was selected to design, build, finance and maintain the facility. It is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The Westadium consortium comprises:
•John Laing, as the investor and manager for the project •Brookfield Multiplex, as the design and construction contractor •Brookfield Financial, as the financial adviser
•Brookfield Johnson Controls, as the facilities manager for 25 years
The team that has designed the venue is said to have extensive experience of international projects, which includes the redevelopment of the Sydney Cricket Ground and the development of the Beijing 2008 Olympic National Aquatics Centre, nicknamed the ‘Water Cube’.
Construction began with the first of more than 2,000 concrete piles being driven into the ground. The first concrete slab will be poured by mid-2015, and enough concrete to fill 21 Olympic pools will be used to stabilise the Stadium’s five-level structure, which will reach a height of 42 metres.
“This is an important milestone in the delivery of this key sports and entertainment complex for Perth and we are delighted to play such a leading role in its development. Along with our Westadium partners, we look forward to continuing to work with the Western Australian State Government to build and deliver a world-class stadium,” said Olivier Brousse, John Laing’s chief executive.
Chris Palandri, regional managing director of Brookfield Multiplex Western Australia, added: “The consortium has worked in tandem with the state government to meet each of its design, financial and construction milestones. I am pleased to say that we are on schedule.”
The construction of the new Perth Stadium is expected to be a major growth driver for the local economy. Over 5,700 jobs will be created during construction with the workforce peaking in 2016, while hundreds of long-term positions will be created for the operational running and upkeep of the facility once complete.
In addition to the stadium itself, the surrounding area will be further regenerated with a number of other facilities including an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, a picnic area, boardwalk and a community sports oval.