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Mike McKenna, one of Australia’s leading sports administrators, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive at the new Perth Stadium, joining VenuesLive Management Services to head up the team that will manage the new A$1.2bn venue and its surrounding sports precinct.

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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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Sports Minister Mia Davies joined members of the Sports Fans User Group to inspect the first of 60,000 seats that will be installed at the new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct following 18 months of rigorous consultation and testing.

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Perth State Government have confirmed this week that they will enter into exclusive negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations to become operator of the new Perth Stadium, following a three-month evaluation period and subsequent approval by State Cabinet.

Premier Colin Barnett said Stadium Australia Operations’ proposal offered the best value for money and an operating approach which put fans first. He said:

The 60,000-seat Perth Stadium will be a world-class venue and it is fitting that a world-class operator is appointed.

The Premier thanked all four short-listed respondents for their detailed submissions. He commented:

Stadium Australia Operations currently operates Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium) in Sydney, which was built for the 2000 Olympic Games. The 83,500-seat venue has already attracted more than 23.5 million fans to a variety of events, including AFL, rugby union and English Premier League games, plus acts such as AC/DC, the Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift.

The State looks forward to working with Stadium Australia Operations in the coming weeks to finalise matters ahead of signing the contract.

The operator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium and sports precinct, including catering, securing event content, event management and ticketing.

Mr Barnett said the Government would ensure that the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) would have a stream of revenue to continue to manage, support and grow local football at the West Australian Football League and community level.

Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, said AEG Ogden was also approved as reserve respondent, in the event the State Government could not conclude negotiations with Stadium Australia Operations. She confirmed:

This decision is the result of 12 months of work since the Government first called for Expressions of Interest.

A detailed brief was prepared which was responded to by the shortlisted applicants over almost three months, culminating in a three-month review and evaluation by a panel of senior Government officials – supported by a range of independent technical advisors.

Ultimately the team determined that Stadium Australia Operations’ bid represented the best value for money. A key feature of the bid was the depth and breadth of proposed events to be held at Perth Stadium and the strategies to secure them.

Fact file

  • Shortlisted respondents (in alphabetical order): AEG Ogden, Nationwide Venue Management, Perth Stadium Management and Stadium Australia Operations
  • Criteria for assessment of proposals included the respondents’ delivery approach, operational performance, communication with users and financial benefit to WA.
The new Perth Stadium structure has reached its full height of 42 metres with the first of 50 steel roof trusses installed on the Burswood Peninsula site.
  • First steel roof truss installed on the five-tier Stadium
  • Year one of construction completed on schedule

Premier, Colin Barnett, and Sport and Recreation Minister, Mia Davies, were onsite today to view the latest construction milestone.

The Premier said:

Just 12 months ago we were onsite to see the first concrete pile driven into the ground.

The progress since then has been remarkable and construction is now 33% complete based on design and procurement status. With the first of the roof trusses installed recently, the final height of the Stadium is now clearly visible.

The 50 roof trusses will be delivered to the Burswood site and installed over the next 12 months. The 45 metre-long steel trusses will support the lightweight roof fabric covering 85% of the 60,000 seats.

Ms Davies highlighted the significant involvement of local West Australian companies in the construction of the world-class venue:

More than 14,000 tonnes of steel are being used to construct the stadium’s steel frame. This includes 50 steel roof trusses manufactured at the factory of Henderson-based contractor, Civmec Construction and Engineering, with a workforce of over 120.

Subcontracts valued at more than A$159m have already been awarded to local companies and the opportunity for more WA businesses to benefit from Perth Stadium will continue in the years ahead.

Alongside installation of over 2,700 tonnes of steel for the Stadium structure, more than 600 of the terraced concrete platforms that will support the seats are now in place.

2016 will be the busiest period of construction and the Burswood site is set to become a hive of activity, peaking mid-year with a workforce of around 1,000 workers.

Fact file

  • Brookfield Multiplex is responsible for sourcing and securing construction contracts
  • Construction of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season
  • Design team: Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup

Watch a virtual video tour of the new stadium online at:

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The new Perth Stadium in AFL format.

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The new Perth Stadium in concert mode.

The WACA Ground in Perth, Australia, is set to be scrapped as an Ashes venue, as plan is unveiled by the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA).

Under the proposals, international matches between Australia and England will be moved to the new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, which is being built across the Swan River.

Work began on the new stadium late last year but is not due for completion until shortly after England’s Ashes tour in the winter of 2017-18. England are therefore likely to play one last Test at the historic venue, although the WACA Ground did miss out on hosting Test cricket last winter following concern over its outdated facilities.

That prompted a WACA review into the future of the ground, culminating in the release of its “Vision 2030 report” on Thursday.

The WACA board has already approved the plans in the report, although the long-serving president – and former Australia fast bowler – Dennis Lillee resigned his post earlier this week.

As part of the redevelopment scheme, which will take up to 10-years to complete, the WACA will downsize its existing ground into a “boutique” venue with a capacity of 10,000-15,000 spectators. All international matches against South Africa and India, as well as England, are to be moved to the new stadium, along with Big Bash League fixtures. The WACA Ground will continue to hosts internationals against other nations, as well as Sheffield Shield fixtures.

WACA Chairman, Sam Gannon, said:

To do nothing was not an option. We now have the opportunity to showcase the best of world and domestic cricket at two modern stadiums, providing players and spectators with facilities expected for modern sport.

Drop-in pitches are set to be used at the new stadium – which will primarily house Perth’s two Australian rules football clubs – which has created some concern that Perth’s unique pitches will be lost to Ashes contests.

The WACA Chief Executive, Christina Matthews, said there were plans to try to replicate those wickets in the drop-in pitches, but did admit the resignation of Lillee – who particularly enjoyed the WACA conditions during his stellar career – after 11 years in his post was a shock.

 

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/sep/03/perth-waca-scrapped-ashes-venue

Image: The new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium.

In the second installment of this series of special reports on the many sports venue developments either already underway or in the pipeline across the Asia Pacific region, we take a look at the Rod Laver Arena redevelopment and the new Perth Stadium.

Rod Laver Arena redevelopment

Rod Laver Arena (RLA) is the pre-eminent venue at Melbourne Park, hosting a range of events throughout the year and accommodating centre court during the Australian Open. RLA (pictured above) is the third most successful venue in the world by ticket revenue sales, and currently the sixth by attendance levels. (Note: These rankings do not include Australian Open attendance.)

Melbourne & Olympic Parks Precinct have pivotal importance to the city of Melbourne and the part it plays in Australia’s National Sporting Identity.

The redevelopment project of this 15,000-seat venue has a significant importance in maintaining and improving the iconic Rod Laver Arena’s position and prestige as home to one of the world’s most famous Grand Slam Tennis tournaments – The Australian Open – and an ever-increasing number of major events, conferences and performances.

RLA is undergoing this redevlopment in order to retain iconic events such as the Australian Open. As part of a broader Stage 2 Melbourne Park Redevelopment the AUD$338m RLA refurbishment is to meet world’s best standards and ensure its ongoing viability as a Grand Slam and Major Events facility.

Cox Architecture have designed the plans that will improve existing facilities at the RLA and provide new state-of-the-art spaces that will serve Victorians for another 27 years.

The project will be delivered over the course of four years, with the first major construction works commencing in 2016, and all works scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, alongside Phil Martin, Strategic Relationship Manager, Cox Architecture, are just two of the 50+ industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event. #StadiaArenaAP

The new Perth Stadium

The multipurpose 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium will be a world-class venue.

The commitment to a ‘fans first’ stadium has resulted in an innovative design, ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and home ground advantage that can only be experienced by being there.

The design acknowledges Western Australia’s unique sporting, cultural and Aboriginal heritage and the Sports Precinct landscape provides a spectacular vista across the Swan River to the City.

The new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is being constructed on the Burswood Peninsula, east of the Perth CBD. The Stadium will accommodate 60,000 seats with the ability to increase the seating capacity to 70,000 within the existing stadium structure, if required. The unique bronze façade uses anodised aluminium, which reflects WA’s unique geology by day and, using state of the art LED lighting, home team colours by night. The lightweight fabric roof covers 85% of seats and responds to Perth’s climatic conditions.

The project is being developed by Westadium, a consortium led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing. The design team comprises of Cox Architecture, Hassell, HKS and Arup.

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The new Perth Stadium & Sports Precinct.

 

 Our Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine will feature an exclusive piece discussing how the new Perth Stadium is utilising BIM technology to deliver on its promise of a state-of-the-art, fans’ first stadium.

In addition, not only will Cox Architecture design Principals be in attendance at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, but also Arup’s Chris Dite, Associate Director, Sport Venue Design, who is one of the event’s 50+ industry-elite speakers.

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If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today announced the four organisations shortlisted for the role of operator at the new Perth Stadium.
  • Stadium operator procurement process on schedule
  • Four companies shortlisted
  • Key role to deliver a ‘fans first’ experience

The shortlisted respondents are (in alphabetical order) – AEG OgdenNationwide Venue ManagementPerth Stadium Management and Stadium Australia Operations.

The Premier said he was pleased to see the 60,000-seat stadium development reach another important milestone.

Mr Barnett said:

The stadium project is progressing very well. The State Government received responses from a number of highly credentialed venue operators from around the world and I thank all of those who responded.

Ms Davies said the four respondents would shortly receive Request for Proposals documentation so that they could prepare their detailed proposals and added:

Each submission will then be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated, and the contract is expected to be awarded in early 2016 – two years ahead of the planned stadium opening for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The operator will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium and sports precinct, and will play a leading role in delivering the ‘fans first’ experience and attracting high quality sporting and entertainment events.

The operator is expected to employ a number of full-time staff plus more than 1,500 casuals to fulfil a year-round calendar of activities and events.

The operator will work closely with the governance agency for the new Perth Stadium, VenuesWest, and the facilities manager, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (formerly Brookfield Johnson Controls), appointed as part of the Westadium consortium in August 2014.

Construction of the stadium is on schedule. More than 50% of the piles have been inserted into the site to support the stadium structure and the first concrete slab was poured last week.

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Fact file:

A workforce of 100 is currently on-site and more than 5,700 will help deliver the stadium and sports precinct over the three-year construction period.

Stadium Facts:

  • The new Perth Stadium will be open for the 2018 AFL season.
  • It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events.
  • With an initial 60,000-seat capacity.
  • And a ‘fans first’ approach to design and technology.

Process to appoint stadium operator for the new Perth Stadium under way

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The procurement process to appoint the operator responsible for the day-to-day management of the 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium is now under way.
  • First step to appoint operator for 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium
  • Operator expected to be in place by the end of 2015
  • Key role to attract and manage events and provide ‘fans first’ experience

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said Expressions of Interest (EOI) were now invited from suitably qualified and experienced stadium operators. Ms Davies said:

Today is an important day for this job-creating project. It is imperative the successful operator is an organisation that shares the same vision as the State Government.

Providing an exceptional ‘fans first’ experience has been a key goal for this world-class structure from the very start and the operator will play a pivotal role in the delivery of this mandate from the first day of operations.

The operator will manage a range of activities in the stadium and sports precinct, including events and functions, catering, cleaning, waste management, security, traffic management and ticketing.

The Minister highlighted that the process to appoint the operator was expected to take 12 months.  She added:

The successful respondent will be on board in early 2016, more than two years before opening, scheduled for the start of the 2018 Australian Football League season.

The operator will maximise the number of events and functions at the venue, providing a year-round program of activity that ultimately delivers a range of benefits to the taxpayer.

Once EOI responses are reviewed, short-listed respondents will be provided with Request for Proposals documentation, detailing specifications to be addressed in any bid responses.

The operator will work closely with facilities manager, Brookfield Johnson Controls, which was appointed as part of the Westadium consortium in August 2014.  It will be responsible for ensuring the infrastructure remains in excellent condition and fit for stadium operations.

Construction of the stadium started on schedule in December and will be completed by the end of 2017.

Fact file

  • EOI documentation is available at Tenders WA.
  • Transport infrastructure remains on schedule and contracts will be awarded for the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge and the new six-platform rail station in early 2015.

The new Perth Stadium: Key design features

  • A multi-purpose Stadium, accommodating AFL, cricket and entertainment events, with drop-in seats adding flexibility to host rugby union and league, and soccer (football). Capability to host major events consistent with requirements for Commonwealth Games and international athletics.
  • Designed to increase the seating capacity within the existing structure, adding up to 10,000 additional seats.
  • The unique bronze façade uses anodised aluminium which reflects WA’s unique geology by day and, using state of the art LED lighting, home team colours by night.
  • The seating bowl maximises the atmosphere, gives fans exceptional views and brings them close to the action, providing a special home ground advantage for our teams.
  • The lightweight fabric roof covers 85% of seats and responds to Perth’s climatic conditions. At night, it will present a spectacular glowing halo effect.
  • State-of-the-art team facilities, include flexible warm-up and recovery areas.
  • Sports Precinct – year-round access
    • The covered Community Arbour represents Noongar Community stories, linking the six-platform Stadium Station to the Swan River.
    • The western section of the Precinct is home to an amphitheatre, two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas and a boardwalk.
    • The Community Sporting Oval in the north is available for public use on non-event days, as well as providing event-day parking.
    • The landscape design around the Precinct is inspired by the Indigenous six seasons, providing wind and shade protection.
    • Integrated artwork throughout the Precinct recognises the ancestral homes of the 152 different language communities in Western Australia and the State’s rich sporting history.
    • A network of walking and cycle tracks throughout the Precinct encourages seven day a week use.

Construction gets underway on the new Perth Stadium

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The first pile for the 60,000-seat new Perth Stadium was today (Dec 7) driven into the Burswood Peninsula site and construction is now officially underway.
  • First of more than 2,000 piles driven at the new Perth Stadium site
  • Official start of construction of the five-level, 42 metre-high building
  • More than 5,700 workers expected to be involved in works

Premier Colin Barnett said over the next 12 months, more than 2,000 piles would be driven about 35m into the ground, supporting this world-class structure. He advised:

I’m delighted to once again be at this magnificent site to celebrate another milestone delivered on schedule.

Over the next three years, Western Australians will see the impressive five-level Stadium structure build to a height of 42m, leading the transformation of the Burswood Peninsula.

Premier Barnett added:

Before the gates open for the start of the 2018 AFL season, local businesses of all sizes will have the opportunity to play a part in the delivery of this venue. More than 100 contracts will be awarded during the construction phase and the first will be announced before the Christmas public holidays.

We expect more than 5,700 workers will be involved in construction.

The Stadium will be built using more than 10,000 tonnes of structural steel and more than 52,000 cubic metres of concrete – enough to fill 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In the New Year, the first of eight tower cranes will be installed.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said detailed and fastidious planning undertaken over the past three years would pay dividends for the project. He commented:

In just a few years, Western Australian fans will have the opportunity to experience a world-class facility week-in, week-out, but most importantly one that has been designed with their needs at its heart.

Construction of the stadium and all of the surrounding sports precinct landscaping and facilities will be completed by the end of 2017 to allow a transition phase ahead of the opening.

Construction will be done simultaneously in two sections, starting at the Western Plaza and progressing concurrently in opposite directions around the oval, joining at the Eastern Plaza.

In July of this year, the Premier and Minister revealed the winning design and confirmed that WESTADIUM – a consortium led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing, with design teams HASSELL, Cox Architecture and HKS – would design, build, partially finance and maintain the Stadium and sports precinct.

Over the past five months, the Westadium design and construction contractor Brookfield Multiplex has been developing its design and preparing the site for the construction phase, setting up offices, installing temporary roads and mobilising machinery.

Works for the associated transport infrastructure are also progressing on schedule and the designs of the new six-platform Stadium Station and the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge will be released in early 2015.

 

Supply opportunities

The new Perth Stadium and its surrounding Sports Precinct is being delivered using a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) procurement model. Under this model, the State has contracted with the Westadium consortium and they will be responsible for design, construction, partial finance and maintenance over the initial 25 years.

Opportunities to supply products and services for the construction phase will be advertised through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA’s ProjectConnect website.

For all other enquiries relating to the supply of products and services for the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct, please email Westadium.

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Perth’s new stadium will be a venue that puts all fans first

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The New Perth Stadium will be one of the best in Australia for fans with disability who have special access requirements, Premier Colin Barnett said on Thursday on a visit to the stadium site.

The public facilities to ensure people with disability have a five-star experience at events will include: undercover seating, ACROD parking bays, automatic toilet doors and wheelchair positions on all levels.

Barnett met members of the Stadium Access and Inclusion User Group, who have been participating in a series of workshops providing advice on the project’s design. He concluded:

This project has undergone an extensive planning phase over more than two years and this user group, including people in wheelchairs, their carers and others with special access requirements, has given us invaluable advice.

We set out to deliver a ‘fans first’ experience in the design of the new Perth Stadium and the Sports Precinct. This will set new benchmarks for public facilities, ensuring everyone has the same five-star experience on event and non-event days.

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Construction of the new 60,000 seat stadium is due to start later this year. Site offices are currently being fitted out and machinery is being deployed.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron announced that the new stadium would include:

  • automatic doors on all 21 accessible toilets
  • three changing places toilets (a first for an Australian stadium)
  • all concessions, ticket windows and retail outlets at a height suitable for wheelchairs
  • 12 lifts
  • undercover seating
  • wheelchair positions on all levels alongside flexible seats for carers.

New public transport infrastructure will also be fully inclusive. There will be nine times the required permanent parking available for ACROD card holders. Waldron said:

I am delighted the design of the new stadium delivers so many features, catering for everyone regardless of age, experience or ability.

The stadium, designed and built by WESTADIUM (Cox Architecture, HKS and Hassell)  remains on schedule for completion in time for the 2018 AFL season

The nine user groups are Access & Inclusion, Sports Fans, Football, Cricket, Rectangular, Emergency Services, Media, Stadium Events and Stadium Operations.

 

Preferred bidder named for new Perth Stadium

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The contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct has reached another important milestone with the naming of WESTADIUM as the Preferred Respondent.

  • WESTADIUM is the Preferred Respondent to build the new Perth Stadium
  • All three bids were world-class and satisfied strict criteria
  • Negotiations to conclude mid-2014

Western Australia’s Premier, Colin Barnett, said each of the three shortlisted private sector consortia submitted world-class bids that addressed the technical, operational and commercial requirements of the State’s Request For Proposals:

The State’s evaluation team spent the last four months rigorously evaluating each bid and ultimately determined that WESTADIUM represented the best overall value for money for the design and construction phase plus the contract’s 25 year maintenance period. We expect the contract will be awarded mid-year – which is when we can reveal the successful design.

Following approval of WESTADIUM as the Preferred Respondent by Cabinet yesterday, the State will now enter into exclusive negotiations, seeking to reach final agreement on all of the terms and conditions to design, build, finance and maintain the new Perth Stadium. Cabinet also approved appointment of the Confidem consortium as the Reserve Respondent, in the event that the State cannot successfully conclude negotiations with WESTADIUM.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron thanked the three consortia for the significant investment and time that they had taken to develop their bids:

The quality and breadth of the bid responses reflects the stature of this project and the appetite from the international stadia industry to be part of delivering a world-class venue. The announcement today demonstrates how beneficial the past two years of planning have been, but there is still a long way to go to successfully deliver this project.

Physical pre-construction site works were recently completed six weeks ahead of schedule. The site is now being left to settle under 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge to ensure it is fully prepared for construction to begin at the end of 2014.

The new Perth Stadium is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Fact File

  • The WESTADIUM consortium is led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing, with Brookfield Multiplex as builder and Brookfield Johnson Controls as facilities manager.