Some images and planning information for the new Perth Stadium have now been released. The architectural consultant, Populous have released their Project Definition Plan, and the project also has its own website.
“The PDP is the foundation stone to create a stadium not just for now, or the immediate future, but for generations to come. We will use the very best of our Australian and global expertise to create a cultural and sporting landmark, future proofed and at the cutting edge of stadium design,” Populous senior principal and head of Asia Pacific region, Paul Henry said.
“The Western Australian Government has a big vision for an integrated sports and leisure complex at Burswood. The stadium must integrate with all other planned developments at Burswood creating a ‘string of pearls’. Importantly, the stadium will be designed for legacy. It will be capable of hosting the best in international events, but it will also be an environmentally sustainable, well planned, well integrated community asset for the people of Western Australian.”
According to the Premier’s press release, expressions of interest for the construction will be sought by the end of the year, with the Stadium ready for the 2018 AFL season. Currently the state government is looking for a private sector partner to ‘help’ with design, construction and financing of the new major stadium, which has a current value of more than $900 million to develop. Not sure how the market at the moment will facilitate that? And they’d better hurry up if construction’s looking to commence before 2013.
I’m not entirely convinced on the location and the move of the stadium facilities to Burswood away from Subi, but it seems the decision has been made and the project is well underway. (…until the election?!?)