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Early completion of first works on the new Perth Stadium

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Pre-construction site works at the new Perth Stadium have finished six weeks ahead of schedule, bringing the State one step closer to the start of construction on the world-class venue.

Terry Waldron, Sport & Recreation Minister, along with Colin Barnett, the Premier of Western Australia, visited the stadium site yesterday to congratulate the project team and contractor, Ertech Keller Joint Venture, on achieving this significant works milestone.

Mr Barnett, said: “The pre-construction site works are critical to ensure the ground is fully prepared for the stadium and sports precinct construction due to start at the end of 2014. The work involved the compaction of nine hectares across key areas of the site and installation of 55,459 wick drains to provide a drainage path for groundwater up to the surface. More than 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge was then placed across the site. The sand will be left to settle for the next six to nine months, ensuring optimal ground conditions ahead of the start of construction.”

Mr Waldron added environmental and settlement monitoring would continue during this period. Some parts of the site will settle up to two metres – at an average of 4 to 10mm per day.

“The length of the wick drains inserted into the site would stretch from Perth to South Hedland if laid end-to-end, and the volume of sand surcharge placed across the site would fill 288 Olympic-size swimming pools,” stated Mr Waldron. “We shouldn’t underestimate the enormity of the physical works that have been undertaken on this site. Despite the geotechnical challenges associated with building on the Burswood Peninsula, the State Government ensured the proper planning, investigations and modelling were undertaken, resulting in a fantastic outcome.”

Meanwhile, the Minister said the rigorous evaluation of the three proposals to design, build, partially finance, and maintain the new Perth Stadium and sports precinct continued on schedule. Each proposal is several thousand pages long and responds to the technical, operational, and commercial requirements set in the Request for Proposals documentation. The successful consortium and its design will be announced mid-year.

Quick Facts on the new Perth Stadium

  • Open for the 2018 AFL season
  • It will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, rugby, football (soccer), cricket and entertainment events
  • Initial 60,000-seat capacity
  • A ‘fans first’ approach to design and technology
  • An integrated public transport approach that includes rail, bus and pedestrian solutions
Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

Aerial photo with overlay – March 2014. Copyright © 2009-2014 Government of Western Australia.

New Perth Stadium receives design proposals from three consortiums

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Some of the world’s leading stadium designers and builders have submitted their fully costed and comprehensive proposals for the new Perth Stadium and sports precinct. Each proposal to design, construct, partially finance and maintain the stadium and precinct is several thousand pages long and will now undergo a rigorous evaluation process over the next four months, with the successful design to be announced mid-2014.

The proposals have been provided by three private sector consortia – Confidem, Evolution and WESTADIUM – which have been involved with projects such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Stadium, the Singapore Sports Hub and the Adelaide Oval redevelopment.

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said an expert panel, including senior representatives across Government and independent experts, would review and evaluate each proposal against a detailed set of criteria:

This is another important and exciting milestone for the successful delivery of this world-class venue. Each consortium has spent the past five months preparing their fully priced response addressing the detailed set of specifications issued by the State. During this time they have spent more than 100 hours in face-to-face meetings with the State project team in the interactive tender process.

The key consideration for the State is that the selected proposal delivers a solution that meets our requirements and provides value for money for the Western Australian community. Delivering a venue that provides a fan-first experience for West Australians remains a primary focus.

The Minister said once the preferred respondent or respondents had been endorsed by Cabinet, there will be a period of negotiating before the successful consortium was chosen to sign a contract ahead of an announcement in mid-2014.

Once awarded, the design development phase will commence. Construction on the 60,000-seat, multi-purpose stadium and sports precinct is expected to start by the end of 2014 and be completed in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

The pre-construction site works programme is now more than 50 per cent complete and on schedule for completion by December 2014.