Brookfield has emerged as the front runner to deliver a massive new sporting complex in Perth, with a consortium led by the group edging out others involving John Holland and French giant Bouygues Construction.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron announced the WESTADIUM Consortium involving three Brookfield companies as well as London based John Laing Investments had been selected as the preferred respondent to design, build, finance and maintain the new $820.7 million Perth Stadium, with Brookfield Multiplex set to be the builder and Brookfield Johnson Controls set to handle maintenance of the facility.

Set to be constructed on the Burswood Peninsula in the city’s inner south-east, the new stadium will seat up to 60,000 fans (with capacity for extension to 70,000) and will host cricket and Australian Rules Football as well as soccer and rugby, and will be connected to the city via a footbridge across the Swan River from East Perth.

Key features will include state of the art seating configurations designed to position more spectators closer to the playing arena (similar to Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium) as well as technology features including variable lighting to ‘dress’ the stadium for alternate uses.

For Brookfield, the win builds on its work on previous sporting projects, which in Australia includes the reconfiguration of Stadium Australia (or ANZ Stadium) following the Sydney Olympics and more recently the redevelopment of Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The win also builds on Brookfield’s momentum in Perth and in Burswood in particular following the start of work last month on the six-star Crown Towers – Perth’s largest hotel development which will sit adjoining the existing Crown Perth Resort.

To gain its preferred status, WESTADIUM tipped out the Confidem consortium led by John Holland and the Evolution Stadium consortium led by France’s Bouygues Construction.

The loss was a bitter blow for John Holland, whose previous work included the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Ausgrid Stadium in Newcastle.

Barnett welcomed the latest award and congratulated all three bidders on the quality of their proposals.

“The State’s evaluation team spent the past four months rigorously evaluating each bid and ultimately determined that WESTADIUM represented the best overall value for money for the design and construction phase plus the contract’s 25-year maintenance period” Barnett said, adding that the final award for the contract would be announced by mid-year along with the successful design.

Construction is scheduled to begin around the end of 2014 and the new stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Preparation works were recently completed and the site is now being left to settle under 740,000 tonnes of sand.