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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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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.