Super Screens for $900 million Perth Stadium

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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Two 20-by-12-metre “super screens” and a host of other technology features including Wi-Fi access, mobile phone quiet zones, mobile recharging stations and radio commentary in toilet facilities are among the key design and construction specifications for the new Perth Stadium in Western Australia.

Unveiled last week by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett and Sports Minister Terry Waldron, a summary version of the 2,000 page Request for Proposal sent to three consortia vying for the development outlines key details of what will be one of the biggest sporting construction projects in the state’s history.

Central to the requirements are technology features including two ‘super screens’, each a minimum of 232 square metres in size, around 1,000 television screens as well as radio commentary in restrooms to ensure fans leaving seats do not miss any action, Wi-Fi access, mobile phone quiet zones and at least 10 mobile phone recharging stations.

Premium facilities, meanwhile, include a Field Club from which fans will be able to watch home team players warming up, a Coaches Club which positions fans alongside the home team’s coaches box, a Sky Lounge and other function spaces.

Finally, player facilities will include dedicated change rooms for the West Coast Eagles and Freemantle Dockers, warm-up rooms – two of which will also be usable for indoor cricket – and a shared recovery facility with four six-person plunge pools/ice baths as well as two 12-person spa/hot tubs.

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Barnett said the documents set out a plan for what will be a world-class facility and an architectural landmark upon its opening in 2018.

“The RFP provides a range of minimum standards the design must meet and outlines the technical, operational and commercial requirements to design, build, partially finance and maintain the stadium and its surrounding sports precinct,” he said. “Specifications focus on providing a spectacular fan experience with seating as close to the field of play as possible, unobstructed quality views – regardless of the seating configuration – plus comfortable and well-proportioned seats.

“Other key requirements include the provision of unrivalled facilities for people with a disability; recognition of the Aboriginal culture and heritage of the Burswood Peninsula site; access to standing areas in addition to seats; and the provision of a range of food and beverage options, including a 500-seat buffet restaurant and a 150-seat a la carte restaurant.”

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Originally signed off in June 2011, the new stadium will be set on the Burswood Peninsula and combined with a new eastern precinct will complement developments such as the Perth Waterfront, City Link and the Perth Arena in establishing Perth’s reputation as a world class city, the government says.

Original seating capacity will be 60,000, with the capacity to expand to 70,000.

A sod turning ceremony last month marked the start of pre-construction works, while full construction is expected to start by the end of next year.

The three consortia include Confidem, led by Capella Capital and featuring John Holland and Spotless Facilities; Evolution Stadium led by Plenary Origination Pty Ltd and Weststadium lead by Brookfield Financial and including Brookfield Multiplex.

They now have until mid-December to submit fully costed bids, with the successful consortium to be selected by June next year.

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