An artist’s impression of the Perth Stadium

21 July 2014 — The winning design for the $1 billion Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct has been unveiled by Westadium, a consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex, Brookfield Johnson Controls and John Laing that will design, build and partly finance and maintain the precinct.

The design was revealed on Thursday by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron at the stadium site in Burswood, with the five-tiered stadium featuring a lightweight, climate-responsive roof covering 85 per cent of seating, a bronze facade designed to reflect WA’s geology and LED lighting. Life-cycle assessment was also a requirement of the design criteria.

The design of the precinct surrounding the stadium has been inspired by Dreamtime stories and the connection with the Swan River, and will have three distinct recreational spaces encouraging year round community use.

The consortium will provide expertise for each stage of the stadium’s life with John Laing as investor and manager for the project, Brookfield Multiplex as design and construction contractor; Brookfield Financial as financial adviser, and Brookfield Johnson Controls as facilities manager for the first 25 years.

Westadium spokesman John Flecker, chief executive of Brookfield Multiplex Australasia, said the consortium also featured a design team with an unparalleled knowledge of Perth.

“The team – Cox Architects, Hassell, HKS and Arup – have high profile projects of a similar nature to the new Perth Stadium to their credit, including many of Australia’s and the world’s best known sporting facilities,” Mr Flecker said.

Mr Barnett said the stadium would form an integral part of the Burswood Peninsula and enhance Perth’s reputation as a “world class city”.

“The winning design successfully meets the State’s requirement for a world-class, multi-purpose stadium within a parkland setting, and does so with a uniquely Western Australian focus,” he said.

“The Stadium will utilise innovative design techniques and state of the art technology, ensuring an unrivaled spectator experience for many years to come.

“I’m also particularly pleased to announce that the successful negotiations for this contract have confirmed that the capital cost of the stadium is around $40 million less than what was originally budgeted.”

Mr Flecker said the design would “deliver unrivalled sightlines and a distinctive architectural language in the form of its lightweight fabric roof that gives the impression of hovering over the ground”.

“The extensive incorporation of state of the art IT, LED displays, lighting and signage will facilitate home team colours to the advantage of both players and fans,” he said.

Construction of the stadium will begin at the end of the year to be completed in time for the 2018 AFL season.

The project is estimated to create 2600 jobs during construction, delivering $2.5 billion of value to the WA economy.

Contractual negotiations between Westadium and the WA government have now concluded, with the contracts to be signed in the coming days.