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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.

 

IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards: decisions made but under wraps for now

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The jury session of the IOC / IPC / IAKS Awards has been completed and awards have been made. What we don’t know is which projects have come out on top. All will be revealed in an exhibition at the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with the international trade fair “Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities“ (FSB) in Cologne 22-25 October 2013.

For the IOC/IAKS Award, IAKS received 97 submissions from 30 countries. 31 projects from these 97 are additionally competing for the IPC/IAKS Distinction. The IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals received 30 submissions from 20 countries.

23 projects were awarded as follows:

  • 3 IOC/IAKS Awards in Gold
  • 5 IOC/IAKS Awards in Silver
  • 12 IOC/IAKS Awards in Bronze
  • 3 IOC/IAKS Special Prizes

Five projects were awarded the prestigious IPC/IAKS Distinction for Accessibility. At the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals 2013, one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal were awarded.

The presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award and the IPC/IAKS Distinction will take place at the 23rd IAKS Congress in Cologne on 22 October 2013.