Request for Proposals Overview

The Request for Proposals (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 new Perth Stadium and its surrounding Sports Precinct.

Contents

  1. Messages from the Premier and Minister
    • Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia
    • Hon. Terry K Waldron MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation
  2. Executive summary
  3. The journey so far
  4. The current status
    • Designing and building the new Perth Stadium
    • RFP phase
    • Negotiations and contract appointment
    • Short listed consortia
  5. Setting the standards for the new perth stadium and sports precinct
    • Overview
    • Providing a flexible venue
    • The fan experience – seating bowl and the field of play
    • First-class facilities
    • Team facilities
    • Premium facilities
    • The fan experience – activations
    • People movement
    • Navigation
    • Universal design
    • Aboriginal culture and heritage
    • Landscape of the stadium and sports precinct
    • Public art
    • Public transport
    • Vehicle access and parking
    • Environmentally sustainable design
    • Future proofing
    • Maintenance over a 25 year period
  6. What happens next
  7. Key milestones

1. Messages from the Premier and Minister

Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia

The photo of Premier Barnett

Transformation of the Burswood Peninsula site that will house the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is now underway. By early 2018 it will provide Western Australians with a world class stadium complex which will host an exciting array of sporting and entertainment events.

This major infrastructure project is one of a number that are currently in progress across Perth. The new Perth Stadium will be key in the evolution to a new look Perth, providing fresh experiences for locals and visitors and building on our growing reputation as a modern, vibrant and diverse city.

This exciting project has moved into the next stage of delivery. This document provides a summary of the key specifications included in the Request for Proposals issued to the three short-listed consortia, who are each bidding for the right to deliver the stadium and sports precinct works. The specifications are built around a primary focus – to deliver an outstanding fan experience.

Western Australians can continue to be excited about the new infrastructure being developed in Perth and the benefits they will provide for generations to come.

Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, 
Premier of Western Australia

Hon. Terry K Waldron MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation

The photo of Minister Waldron

The new Perth Stadium project has successfully moved from planning to delivery phase. Pre-construction site works are currently underway to ensure the ground conditions on the 73 hectare site are successfully treated for the stadium, sports precinct, bus hub and pedestrian areas.

Importantly, over the past six months there has been extensive consultation with nine ‘user groups’.

Each group represents a range of industry experts and end users, including crucial input from the fans themselves. Their collective input and advice has been invaluable in the preparation of the Request for Proposals that has now been provided to the three short-listed consortia.

This comprehensive documentation provides a list of required outputs and includes specifications for the design, functional and technical requirements of the 60,000 seat stadium and sports precinct.

Delivering a first class fan experience remains a key philosophy in the design of the stadium and sports precinct. We look forward to sharing the exciting details of the successful design with Western Australians in 2014.

Hon. Terry K Waldron MLA, 
Minister for Sport and Recreation

the aerial photo of the new Perth Stadium site

Aerial photograph of Burswood Peninsula.

2. Executive summary

The landmark new Perth Stadium is on track for delivery in 2018. When it opens, it will be one of the country’s finest stadia, the centrepiece of a spectacular new sporting and entertainment precinct on the Burswood Peninsula and capable of attracting national and international events.

A wealth of work has already been undertaken as part of the stadium and sports precinct development. Site, precinct and transport planning are complete and early works are underway to prepare the site for the start of construction in late 2014. A range of consultation, benchmarking, research and advice has also helped to ensure the stadium will meet the needs of current and future generations of Western Australians.

The State Government has now embarked on the detailed process of engaging a world-class team to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new stadium and sports precinct under a Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) contract. Three highly experienced consortia – Confidem, Evolution Stadium and WESTADIUM have now received the Request for Proposals (RFP).

To ensure the stadium meets the needs of fans, stakeholders and the community alike, the RFP sets out the minimum performance standards. Applying their considerable expertise and creativity, the consortia will build on these standards to develop detailed design solutions. The State’s performance standards will ensure that the ultimate stadium design will:

  • deliver an unrivalled experience for fans – with exceptional views to the field of play supported by two ‘super screens' and all provided in a safe and comfortable environment;
  • provide enormous flexibility, capable of being reconfigured for different uses and different shaped sporting arenas – without compromising the fan experience;
  • offer unsurpassed patron facilities, from restaurants and catering selections, through to wi-fi and TV screens throughout public areas, as well as some of the best premium ticketholder experiences on offer;
  • be a major architectural landmark for Perth, with a distinctive and dynamic presence;
  • generate home ground advantage through exceptional team facilities and a colosseum-style arena;
  • be a shining example of sustainable and efficient design, offering a high level of environmental performance both in design and operation;
  • incorporate state-of-the-art technology and be able to adapt and evolve to cater for emerging technologies in the future – including advances in lighting, energy, audio visual, pitch, seating and ticketing services;
  • be safe, easy to navigate and accessible, with first-class public transport services and pedestrian facilities, as well as 360-degree access in and around the stadium;
  • acknowledge the site’s rich Aboriginal history and embrace Aboriginal heritage and culture in the stadium and landscape design;
  • cater for everyone – regardless of age, experience or ability, and offer some of Australia’s best Universal Access facilities;
  • provide a range of interconnected spaces, including parklands, sports, entertainment and recreation areas;
  • inspire, assist and activate through public art; and
  • be maintained to a high standard for a period of 25 years.

By the end of this year, the shortlisted consortia will submit their proposals for the stadium and sports precinct, which will include their proposed concept designs, construction plans, maintenance plans, commercial solutions, and bid price.

After rigorous review and evaluation – including the value for money the proposals offer – a Preferred Tenderer will be appointed to enter negotiations with the State Government, with a view to awarding the DBFM contract by mid 2014.

This proven approach to major infrastructure development will see the new Perth Stadium set new standards in design and construction and ultimately will deliver a premier sporting facility for all Western Australians to enjoy.

3. The journey so far

June, 2011

Burswood Peninsula chosen

The State Government committed to deliver a new multi-purpose stadium on the Burswood Peninsula.

December, 2011

Stadium location identified

Following the completion of preliminary site investigations, the location of the new Perth Stadium was announced as the northern portion of the Burswood Park Golf Course. The location was chosen after careful consideration of ground conditions, environmental issues, community impacts, land tenure and proximity to transport options.

August, 2012

Master Plan released

The Master Plan was prepared to guide the development of the new Perth Stadium within a sports precinct extending over the northern portion of the golf course. It was underpinned by comprehensive research, consultation and analysis to inform the strategic and local context of the site. It addressed all legal, physical and transport planning matters.

September, 2012

Cover page of the PDP publicationStadium and Sports Precinct Project Definition Plan (PDP)

As the project ‘rule book’, the PDP sets out all of the elements which are to be built in the stadium and is the reference point for all future decisions relating to its design, construction, maintenance and operation. It outlines 
the procurement strategy and the approved budget.

December, 2012

the cover page of the transport PDP publication

Transport Project Definition Plan (PDP)

The Public Transport Authority released this framework to guide development of the integrated transport system for the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct. 
It considers the rail, bus, road and pedestrian infrastructure required for the precinct and outlines the approved budget.

January to April, 2013

The group photo of the Sports Fan User Group members with the Premier

User Group consultation: The Sports Fans User Group

The design requirements of the new stadium are also informed by a range of expert groups, including sports fans and representatives from Australian rules football, cricket, rectangular sports (namely football [soccer], rugby league and rugby union), the event industry, stadium operations, emergency services, media and Individuals Requiring Universal Access (or IRUA). These groups have met regularly to provide practical and technical input plus creative suggestions to the delivery team from a stadium user perspective.

Their involvement will continue as the design development progresses.

April, 2013

Development Concept Plan updated

New Perth Stadium Master Plan

The Sports Precinct Development Concept Plan, initially drafted as part of the Master Plan was updated in April 2013. It shows how the stadium can be integrated with the wider sporting, recreational and entertainment precinct and incorporates the approved transport infrastructure. This plan will be further developed during the design development phase.

Three consortia selected for the Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM) project

With each one comprising world-class stadia builders and designers, they were selected for the right to bid for the design, construction and maintenance of the stadium and sports precinct, including partially financing the capital cost. Representing some of the world’s top stadium designers and builders, they have been responsible for projects such as the rectangular stadium at the Melbourne Olympic Park, Sydney 2000 and London 2012 Olympic Games Stadiums and the Singapore Sports Hub.

May, 2013

Pre-construction site works contractor appointed

Western Australian-based consortium, the Ertech Keller Joint Venture was awarded the pre-construction site works contract.

These early works will help to prepare the stadium site and the surrounding sports precinct for the main construction works. Working under guidance of the State’s Environmental Management Plan, the Ertech Keller Joint Venture will carry out ground improvement for the stadium pitch, bus hub and rail station pedestrian areas plus the community recreation oval.

An image of demountable offices on the new Perth Stadium site

Above: Pre-construction site works.

June, 2013

Sod-turning ceremony

Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Sport and Recreation, Terry Waldron ‘turn the first sod’ for the new Perth Stadium.

Site mobilisation commenced in June and ground improvement works are now underway, with an expected completion date of December, 2014.

the Premier and Minister using shovels for the first sod turn

Above: The turning of the sod.

July, 2013

DBFM Request for Proposals (RFP) released.

The three short listed consortia received the State’s comprehensive suite of documents that will enable them to develop detailed, fully costed proposals for the design, build, finance and maintenance solutions for the stadium and sports precinct.

4. The current status

Designing and building the new Perth Stadium – ‘Request for Proposals’ (RFP) phase

With a wealth of planning now complete, the State Government is in the process of engaging a consortium to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new stadium and sports precinct.

The project will be delivered under a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) procurement model. A contract will be agreed between the State and the successful consortium that will:

  • design, construct and partially finance the stadium and sports precinct; and
  • maintain the stadium and sports precinct over a 25 year period.

RFP phase

This phase commenced with the release of the RFP to the shortlisted consortia in mid July 2013. Issue of further detailed technical specifications in mid August, 2013 completed the release of the RFP.

The RFP outlines how the bids from the three shortlisted consortia will be evaluated and the successful respondent chosen. It provides a draft contract agreement, plus the design requirements for the new stadium and sports precinct to ensure it meets the needs, aspirations and requirements of the State Government, stadium users, the Western Australian community and other key stakeholders.

It also includes the specifications for the maintenance that will be required to keep the stadium and sports precinct ‘fit for purpose’ over the first 25 years of its operation.

Without limiting the shortlisted consortia’s design expertise, innovation and creativity, the RFP sets out a range of minimum standards the design must meet (the detailed technical, operational and commercial requirements). The RFP does not specify exactly how to achieve these performance standards – that is the role of the consortia.

The shortlisted consortia are required to submit their detailed, fully-costed and complete proposals for the stadium and sports precinct by mid-December, 2013. The proposals will include proposed concept designs, construction plans, maintenance plans and commercial solutions, including the bid price. The price will include monthly repayments over the 25 year operating period. These payments are subject to penalties for non-performance and assume 60 per cent of the capital cost is funded by the State Government.

Prior to submission, the shortlisted consortia will also have the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification from the State Government as part of a four month interactive tender process.

Negotiations and contract appointment

Following several months of detailed evaluation and review of the proposals, the State Government will select one of the shortlisted consortia to proceed to negotiations, referred to as the ‘Preferred Tenderer’. During this period, any remaining matters will be settled and a contract finalised by June, 2014.

Short listed consortia

Three consortia were shortlisted in April, 2013 for the right to bid and have since progressed to the RFP stage. These consortia are:

  • Confidem – led by Capella Capital Pty Ltd with John Holland Pty Ltd and Spotless Facilities Services Pty Ltd;
  • Evolution Stadium – led by Plenary Origination Pty Ltd and Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd, with Honeywell Limited and ProBuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd; and
  • WESTADIUM – led by Brookfield Financial Australia Securities Limited and John Laing Investment Limited, with Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd and Brookfield Johnson Controls Pty Ltd.

5. Setting the standards for the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct – details of the Request for Proposals (RFP)

Overview

The new Perth Stadium will be a major architectural landmark for Perth – a key public building with a strong civic presence and the premier sporting facility for Western Australia. It will be a spectacular gateway feature of the City with a distinctive character that will make it easily identifiable on the local, national and global stage.

This will be achieved through:

  • the use of scale, proportion, colour, animation, lighting, public art, signage and multi-media opportunities;
  • well-considered use of colour and texture;
  • a high level of quality and comfort within internal and external spaces;
  • the use of materials that create a welcoming facility and blend with the landscape and plaza/forecourt areas;
  • the use of high-quality, durable finishes, inside and out;
  • resistance to damage (including exposure to the natural elements, vandalism and pests); and
  • sustainable design and excellent energy performance.

The façade of the new Perth Stadium will help to distinguish the stadium as a major Perth landmark. It will be the focal point of the sports precinct with a distinctive design that delivers a memorable experience for visitors. 
At night time the stadium façade will be lit to create a dynamic presence that can also be changed to fit the ‘mood’ of different evening events.

Where possible, the stadium will offer clear views from inside and outside. Public areas, terraces and decks inside the stadium will be designed to capitalise on the city, river and precinct aspects.

The stadium will offer a high level of environmental performance, including passive solar design and use of natural light and ventilation where possible. Solar and weather protection will be used at entry points plus on openings and windows on the upper levels of the stadium.

The use of daylight will be maximised and balanced with lighting to enhance ambience and security.

Providing a flexible venue

The new Perth Stadium will offer enormous flexibility and will be able to be reconfigured to cater for different uses – without compromising the fan experience.

The seating bowl will have the capability to be changed from its regular oval format for AFL and cricket to a rectangular format within 12 hours to cater for sports with rectangular playing surfaces (namely football [soccer], rugby league and rugby union) or other events suited to a rectangular set-up.

The stadium will also have the potential to meet the requirements needed to host a Commonwealth Games, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) meetings, or a multi-stage concert.

In addition to the field of play, the stadium’s premium areas will be flexible, so different events can be hosted with unique room set-ups and configurations.

The fan experience – seating bowl and the field of play

The new Perth Stadium will deliver a spectacular experience for the fans. The design will help create an electric atmosphere, encouraging people to attend live events. Fans won’t want to stay at home to simply watch the action on television – they’ll want to head to the stadium to be a part of it!

The stadium roof will also help to deliver a first-class experience for patrons with at least 85 per cent of permanent seats under direct roof cover, the largest percentage of stadia spectators under a fixed roof in Australia. Designed to maximise weather protection, the roof will offer a high level of comfort (without impacting on viewing), building ambience and atmosphere.

As a ‘fans-first’ stadium, the seating bowl at the new Perth Stadium will be a major contributor to this first-class experience. First and foremost, it will bring fans as close to the field of play as possible.

Seats will be easy to find, comfortable, well proportioned and with adequate spacing for people to be able to leave and return with minimal disruption to fellow spectators.

Patrons will have unobstructed quality views to the field of play, regardless of the configuration of seating or the sporting event.

All seated patrons will also be able to view at least one of the two ‘super screens’ within the stadium, each a minimum of 232sqm in size.

The new Perth Stadium will also include dedicated standing areas for some ticket holders. Access to these areas will be in addition to a reserved seat, offering patrons the opportunity to directly view the field of play from different locations within the stadium.

Located on the upper and lower tiers and away from high traffic areas, there will be no viewing obstruction to seated patrons.

Fans will also enjoy:

  • excellent acoustics from all seating areas, televisions throughout the concourses and radio commentary in toilets;
  • great access to amenities such as food and beverage outlets and restrooms;
  • well-positioned entrances, exits and passageways, to allow easy movement in and around the stadium from the seating bowl;
  • quality materials and fittings to maximise comfort; and
  • outstanding views of the surrounding precinct and the city from a number of stadium concourses and terraces.

First-class facilities

Facilities within the stadium for general admission patrons will be equal to or better than the equivalent facilities within any other stadia in the country.

As a minimum standard the new Perth Stadium will boast two restaurants – a 500-seat buffet restaurant and a 150-seat á la carte restaurant, both of which will open year-round. In addition, there will also be food and beverage outlets throughout the stadium to cater for the large crowds, particularly during peak periods such as half-time breaks.

On event days, public bar facilities will also be available for patrons to meet and enjoy hot or cold beverages.

There will be a wide variety of food and beverage items on offer, including hot and cold foods, healthy food options, made-to-order food, and selections for those with special dietary requirements.

Public areas will be well-lit and generous in size. Accommodating large numbers of people, the stadium will be easy to move around and simple to navigate. Queuing areas will be designed so they do not impact on major thoroughfares.

An estimated 1,000 television screens will be located throughout the stadium, including food and beverage and parenting areas so fans don’t miss a second of the action.

Telephone ‘quiet areas’ will also be included on all levels of the stadium. These areas will allow fans to make and receive mobile phone calls, shielding the noise from the seating bowl and event areas. There will also be at least ten mobile telephone recharging stations for patrons to use.

Wi-fi coverage will be provided within the stadium allowing fans to stay connected.

The stadium will include ample toilets to cater for high numbers of people. There will be a higher ratio of female facilities than male – one toilet for every 35 women and one urinal for every 70 men. Parenting rooms will also be provided as well as ‘Changing Places’ facilities for IRUA, see ‘Universal Design’ below for further details.

Team facilities

Extensive consultation with the local and national sporting industry has helped to brief exceptional team facilities. When coupled with the colosseum-style atmosphere in the event arena, the new Perth Stadium is expected to create an enormous home ground advantage for our sporting teams.

Team facilities will include:

  • change rooms – five main change rooms plus change rooms for officials, providing excellent facilities and flexibility for all sports. Two of the change rooms will be for the dedicated use of the AFL home teams.
  • warm up rooms – three will be provided, with two having the capacity for dual use as an indoor cricket practice facility. This will not only provide a world class cricket facility for both the home and away team, but also a very large area for the AFL and rectangular sports home teams to warm up before a game.
  • coaches’ boxes – three will be provided, with two available for the AFL home teams and each with a dedicated area for team statisticians.
  • a shared recovery facility for use by all home teams that will include:
    • four six-person cold plunge pools/ice baths; and
    • two 12-person spas/hot tubs.

Premium facilities

A range of premium facilities will be available offering unique experiences for fans that have an enhanced ticket.

These options include:

  • ‘Field Club’ – prior to the games patrons will be able to watch the home team players warm up and enter the field of play via a temporary race in the Field Club. Viewing of the game will be optional either from a terrace at field level or within the seating bowl.
  • ‘Coaches Club’ – patrons will be positioned adjacent to the home teams coaches’ box. They will be able to see and potentially hear the action from the coaches’ box.
  • The ‘Sky View Lounge’ and a range of other function spaces will be located to maximise views back to the city and within the Stadium, allowing operation not only for games but all year round.

The fan experience – activations

Areas in and around the stadium and precinct area will be ‘activated’ on event days – hosting interactive displays, sponsor activities, catering outlets, a kid’s zone and more.

Retail and merchandise outlets will include:

  • at least four merchandise shops primarily stocking home team merchandise on game days;
  • at least four sponsor ‘pods’ to promote their products and services;
  • a minimum of 30 areas for temporary event day stalls; and
  • mobile catering outlets.

In addition, a retail sports shop will be in operation on both event and non-event days.

People movement

Pedestrian areas throughout the precinct and within the stadium will be well planned, safe and easy to navigate.

In particular, safe and easy access will be provided between the stadium and key arrival and departure points, including Windan Bridge pedestrian access, the footbridge from Belmont Park, the new Swan River pedestrian bridge, precinct car parking areas, cycle paths, the Stadium Rail Station and its plaza areas, plus the bus hub.

Inside the stadium, the design will:

  • provide full (360-degree) single-level access on the internal public concourses and on the outside perimeter of the stadium;
  • assist in getting large numbers of people in and out of the facility in short periods of time;
  • help patrons arrive at their correct seats quickly and easily through clear signage and identification of concourses and seating areas;
  • incorporate visual landmarks and outside views to assist with orientation;
  • ensure queuing areas do not block public circulation routes;
  • provide clarity as to which areas are general admission and which are for premium ticketholders, staff, players or performers; and
  • cater to the different needs of a broad range of stadium visitors – including patrons, special guests, media, players, performers and staff.

Stairs or ramps will be the primary way of reaching different levels of the stadium and will be conveniently located for stadium patrons.

Lifts and escalators will be clearly visible, comfortable, appropriately sized and directly accessible from the main entry and each floor.

Navigation

The environment in and around the stadium and sports precinct will be welcoming, safe and easy to navigate.

Distinctive signage will be supported by unique architecture, landscape, public art, lighting and graphics that will help visitors make their way around the site. Different colours, patterns, textures and finishes will also be used to help with orientation.

Directional signage will:

  • be clear, legible and well positioned at points of arrival and key locations, routes and entrances;
  • comply with Quality and Universal Access standards – to ensure that people with a disability are well supported;
  • be integrated with technology – for example, a venue ‘app’ for smart phones and tablets; and
  • be considerate of the local environment, culture and history.

Universal design

The new Perth Stadium will cater for all types of people – regardless of age, experience or ability. This includes those who may be affected by physical, cognitive, emotional or developmental impairment/s, as well as their carers, friends, family members and assistance animals.

Stadium facilities for those requiring higher levels of accessibility (known as Individuals Requiring Universal Access or IRUA) include:

  • a minimum of 750 seating positions, all located with excellent views and such that the IRUA patrons may sit with other guests, regardless of whether they are IRUA or not;
  • the ability to cater for large, motorised wheelchairs and their manoeuvrability;
  • space for assistance animals;
  • good access from the seating areas to accessible toilets and lifts; and
  • the inclusion of suitably-sized and accessible parking within the stadium and sports precinct plus vehicle drop-off areas for people with a disability and those with ACROD permits (including minivans and minibuses), minimising the distance to stadium entry points.

For the first time in an Australian stadium, ‘Changing Places’ toilets will be provided. These toilets will include additional equipment such as hoists and changing benches plus larger cubicles to better meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers.

Importantly, this careful consideration of accessibility in the design will benefit all Stadium users, not just those people with a disability – from patrons and visitors, people with young children, those with prams and older venue users.

Aboriginal culture and heritage

The project team is working closely with the Noongar community – through the Whadjuk Working Party – to ensure their direct and active involvement in the project, including identification of opportunities for training and employment.

This consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party will be ongoing throughout the life of the project.

Aboriginal heritage and cultural significance of the site and Swan River will also be integrated into the design of the new Perth Stadium and surrounds, particularly in the precinct landscaping in recognition of the site’s rich Aboriginal history. Some ideas suggested by the Working Party for consideration in the design include:

  • the Wagyl;
  • turtles;
  • traditional Aboriginal stories;
  • native flora suitable for bush tucker and bush medicine;
  • Aboriginal art that ‘tells the stories’ and records the memories through images, sculpture and sound; and
  • references to Aboriginal sports men and women.

Landscape of the stadium and sports precinct

The landscape environment will offer something for everyone. There will be a range of accessible and connected spaces of different types, sizes and character.

This includes high quality parklands and a variety of formal and informal sports, entertainment and recreation facilities for year-round use, including:

  • a community oval;
  • children’s play areas – each capable of hosting 50 children or more;
  • barbecue areas – with free-to-use barbecues, drinking fountains and lighting;
  • picnic facilities with benches and tables;
  • secure bicycle parking;
  • temporary activity ‘zones’ that provide access to power and water on event days for merchandise and other stalls, periodic markets, and trade displays; and
  • public toilet facilities.

The landscape design will also:

  • protect and enhance the natural environment – including rehabilitating and revegetating the Swan River and the lake between the stadium and the river, using native plant and tree species wherever possible;
  • foster a sense of place – with views of the city and river, high-quality architecture and lighting;
  • make the most of the nearby Swan River – with exceptional access and connectivity between the stadium, lake and river. This may include new landscaped picnic areas, the potential for cafes and restaurants, new walking and cycling routes on shared pathways and boardwalks, and public art;
  • create an environment fit for all – with adequate rest stops, drinking fountains, shade trees, well-defined pathways, and a mix of natural and paved landscape places;
  • be resilient and robust – using low maintenance drought-tolerant plants and trees appropriately selected for various spaces, hard-wearing outdoor furniture and structures with strong foundations and low vulnerability to vandals;
  • embrace local history – and be guided by the local history and Aboriginal culture of the Swan River and Burswood Peninsula;
  • accommodate large numbers of people – including those attending events, public transport users and visitors to the wider precinct; and
  • acknowledge the Perth climate – and its influence on lifestyle and amenity.

Public art

The State Government will invest $2 million in public art across the precinct as part of the State Government’s ‘Percent for Art Scheme’. The artworks, which will enhance the visual appeal of the area, increase the value of the public facilities on the site and will:

  • be selected to complement Stadium activities;
  • be created by professional artists;
  • require minimal ongoing maintenance;
  • support the history of the Burswood Peninsula; and
  • integrate with the river and city.

The public artworks will also assist with orientation and navigation for visitors to the stadium precinct, and improve safety and security if lit at night.

The location of the project and its role as a major sporting precinct will provide enormous creative inspiration for the public artworks, which are expected to reflect the role of sport and Western Australian sporting identities, Aboriginal and European site heritage, local Aboriginal culture, and the significance of the Swan River to the site and local area.

Public transport

Public transport will be instrumental in the movement of people to and from the stadium and precinct and will be the preferred transport solution. On event days, the public transport infrastructure will be able to move more than 80 per cent of the 60,000 patrons.

The State Government is undertaking a range of public transport works to support the new stadium and sports precinct. This includes construction of a new six-platform stadium train station and a bus hub on the Burswood Peninsula, within a short walk of the stadium.

Construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the Swan River plus a new bus hub on Nelson Avenue (on the western shore of the river) will cater for shuttle buses to and from the Central Business District (CBD) on event days. This will service patrons who wish to use public parking in East Perth and the CBD.

Pedestrian connections between public transport hubs and the stadium will be secure, safe and well integrated.

Public transport infrastructure will not be limited to operations on event days and is instead expected to be used by the increasing population of Perth residents.

An artists impression of Stadium Station

Above: Artist's impression: new Perth Stadium Station

Vehicle access and parking

Parking available underneath the stadium and within the sports precinct will be limited, and prioritised for premium product patrons, operational requirements and Individuals Requiring Universal Access (IRUA). Depending on the requirement, IRUA will have access to an undercover drop off area; close access to lifts to take guests to seating areas plus access to a variety of different sized car bays, catering for side and rear loading vehicles and minibuses.

Clearly designated drop-off areas will be provided in the sports precinct to accommodate taxis, charter buses and private vehicles. Nelson Avenue in East Perth will also provide an alternate drop-off point.

Environmentally sustainable design

The State Government is committed to ensuring all public infrastructure projects are designed, constructed, operated and maintained to achieve a high level of environmental sustainability, the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct will be no different. It will be a shining example of an efficient and sustainable sporting facility, befitting of a world-class stadium, in that it will:

  • have a minimal impact on the environment during construction and operation;
  • promote efficiency in its design;
  • minimise greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water consumption;
  • provide avenues for expansion in the future;
  • minimise vehicle dependency by providing facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport use;
  • minimise energy consumption and maximise energy efficiency through the use of natural light, natural ventilation, solar energy, low-energy fittings and equipment, and more; and
  • maximise recycling during construction and operation.

Future proofing

The stadium will be designed and constructed to accommodate future expansion in a manner that seamlessly integrates the ‘old and new’. Sightlines and the overall fan experience will be maintained regardless of the shape and form of this future expansion.

State of the art technology infrastructure will allow for the stadium to adapt to evolving or emerging technologies in the future, including but not limited to:

  • new architectural design concepts and building materials;
  • new audio visual technologies;
  • alternative energy systems;
  • innovative lighting techniques;
  • pitch technologies;
  • flexible seating technologies;
  • innovative ticketing systems; and
  • new payment systems, including the potential to be a ‘cashless’ stadium when it opens in 2018.

Even when not at capacity, the stadium will still be able to operate in an efficient manner.

Maintenance over a 25 year period

For a period of up to 25 years, until 2043, the consortium will be responsible for maintaining the integrity, functionality and presentation of the stadium and sports precinct to a high standard.

This includes the:

  • stadium playing surface, sports lights, super screens, seats and stadium structure; and
  • wider sports precinct, including the lakes, playgrounds and associated landscaping.

Additionally, the maintenance regime will ensure the stadium and precinct are available for use whenever required, damage is minimised and a safe and secure environment is maintained  at all times.

6. What happens next

The RFP documents have been released to the three shortlisted consortia, and they will now have the opportunity to participate in a four-month interactive tender process. 

The three consortia will subsequently provide their proposals to the State Government in mid-December, 2013.

The proposals will be rigorously reviewed and evaluated on:

  • how clear and comprehensive they are;
  • whether they provide all of the information required by the RFP;
  • how they score against the weighted selection criteria; and
  • the value for money they offer – by weighing up all elements of the proposals, not just the bid prices.

Following extensive review and evaluation, a preferred consortium or Preferred Tenderer will be appointed to enter in negotiations with the State Government on any technical, legal or commercial issues that need to be resolved. This is expected to lead to a contract award by the end of June 2014.

An Artists impression of the new Perth Stadium pitch in rugby format

Above: Artist’s impression: new Perth Stadium.

7. Key milestones

Selection of consortium to design, build, finance and maintain the stadium

  • July 2013: Release of RFP
  • August to December 2013: Interactive tender process
  • Mid December 2013: Closing date for lodgement of proposals

Evaluation and contract award

  • April 2014: Appointment of 'Preferred Tenderer'
  • Mid-2014: Award of contract

Design

  • From Mid-2014: Detailed design development

Construction

  • Mid-2014 to December 2014:  Site mobilisation
  • Late 2014: Construction commences
  • December 2017: Construction complete

Operations

  • March 2018: Commissioning complete
  • Late March 2018: Venue operational