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Lend Lease have been chosen as the managing contractor for the refurbishment of Australia’s top concert venue Rod Laver Arena (RLA).

As well as being the Australian Open’s centre court, Rod Laver Arena was recently rated by Pollstar magazine as the top Australian venue by concert tickets sales with 289,924 tickets sold in the first three quarters of 2015.

The new refurbishment will allow Rod Laver Arena to host more shows and bigger productions with improvements including:

• A new eastern pod to become the main entrance to the Arena
• A more efficient loading bay allowing shows to ‘bump’ in and out faster reducing the down time between concerts
• Enhanced equipment and rigging facilities ensuring RLA can host the biggest shows
• Automated retractable seating that can be set up in a matter of hours instead of the several days required previously
• Improved eateries offering diners a wider variety of options in more convenient locations around the building.

After a detailed and lengthy evaluation process, Lend Lease’s extensive experience on similar large scale, complex projects impressed the evaluation panel and was a significant factor in their selection.

Lend Lease was also able to demonstrate a clear strategy for the refurbishment of RLA whilst keeping the venue open as much as possible during the works.

Brian Morris, CEO of Melbourne & Olympic Parks – who was one of the industry expert speakers at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event for the second year running – said:

The improvements planned will be the most significant to take place in the history of Rod Laver Arena.

The back-of-house upgrades will allow our promoters and hirers to bring bigger and better shows to the Arena, while the overall event experience will be greatly enhanced for our patrons.

We’re delighted to again work with the award-winning team at Lend Lease.

The refurbishment is part of Stage 2 of the AUD$700+ million Melbourne Park Redevelopment along with the new Administration and Media Building, as well as the new Batman Avenue footbridge, which directly links Melbourne Park with Birrarung Marr.

Works on Rod Laver Arena will begin after the 2016 Australian Open and are expected to be completed in 2019. The venue will continue to host events during the refurbishment process.

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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.


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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New look Rod Laver Arena unveiled

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After almost 30 years as one of the world’s favourite sports and entertainment venues, Rod Laver Arena is getting a bold new makeover that will ensure it continues to host the best events in Australia.

The multi-million dollar refurbishment, part of the AUD$700m+ Melbourne Park Redevelopment project, will significantly enhance every aspect of the customer experience and rejuvenate the external design of the iconic venue. A suite of new developments are aimed directly at improving the event experience for patrons, including:

  • A striking new eastern annex which will be become the main public entrance to the arena and provide new public amenities
  • New food and beverage outlets that will cater for a wide variety of dining options, including outlets on the floor level providing patrons with easier access to food and drinks during shows
  • Upgraded bathroom facilities with more toilets, including a Changing Places toilet to cater for patrons with disabilities
  • Increased disability access including universal access to the seating bowl

Patrons, promoters and hirers are set to be big winners from significant back-of-house improvements that will allow bigger and better shows to come to the arena:

  • A larger, more efficient loading bay that will allow concerts to be set up faster and increase the number of shows
  • Increased rigging capacity and back-of-house improvements to accommodate promoters and hirers bringing the largest blockbuster shows to the arena

Four building contractors have been selected to tender for the works: Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd, Built Pty Ltd, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd and Lend Lease Building Contractors Pty Ltd.

The construction contract is expected to be awarded by October 2015, with work scheduled to start in February 2016, following the Australian Open.

Rod Laver Arena will remain operational throughout the refurbishment. The upgraded areas and new extensions to the arena will be opened progressively over the four years of construction with completion expected in 2020.

The Rod Laver Arena upgrade is part of the AUD$338m second stage of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, which will further enhance Melbourne’s world-class sporting precinct.

Other elements of Stage 2 include:

  • A pedestrian bridge over Batman Avenue creating a new gateway from the heart of Melbourne to Melbourne Park
  • A new eight-storey Media Building that will provide media and broadcast facilities for the Australian Open and house staff from Melbourne & Olympic Parks and Tennis Australia (currently under construction)

Stage 2 of the project is expected to create 1,300 FTE construction jobs from 2015-2020 and boost the Victorian economy by AUD$164m from construction. Melbourne Park currently hosts over 200 events a year, providing $421 million in economic benefit to the State and creating 3,140 FTE jobs.

The refurbishment amounts to the first major construction work to take place at Rod Laver Arena since it first opened to the Victorian public in 1988.

In that time, the Arena has established itself as a much-loved venue both in Australia and internationally. Its remarkable versatility has been evidenced in the array of events it has held over the years – from rodeos and dirt bike demonstrations, gymnastics, wrestling, boxing, swimming, family shows, concerts and of course the Australian Open tennis.

Brian Morris, CEO Melbourne & Olympic Parks, commented:

Around one million people visit Rod Laver Arena every year to view the Australian Open and attend functions and concerts. We are delighted to unveil today’s refurbishment plans, which will provide a completely new look and feel for our flagship arena.These plans modernise Rod Laver Arena and will ensure we can continue to provide world-class events in a safe and comfortable environment. It’s a tremendous outcome for all our customers – hirers, promoters, sponsors and all visitors to the Melbourne & Olympic Parks precinct.

Brian Morris is one of the many top industry professionals confirmed to speak at our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, which will be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub once again this September, 28-30. To secure your place at this must-attend event, contact Sam Wibrew via email at: or visit the website at:

Project team

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Work on the redevelopment of Rod Laver Arena is scheduled to start in February 2016, following the Australian Open. The venue will remain operational throughout the refurbishment. The upgraded areas and new extensions to the Arena will be opened progressively over the four years of construction, with completion expected in 2020.

Work on the redevelopment of Rod Laver Arena is scheduled to start in February 2016, following the Australian Open.
The venue will remain operational throughout the refurbishment. The upgraded areas and new extensions to the Arena will be opened progressively over the four years of construction, with completion expected in 2020.