Parramatta's stadium is the first part of a $1.6 billion spending package by Infrastructure NSW, the largest investment in sport, entertainment and the visitor economy in NSW since the Sydney 2000 Olympics. The project will replace the existing Pirtek Stadium - home of the Parramatta Eeels rugby league and Western Sydney Wanderers soccer teams.
In an effort to reduce any risk of the project running over time and budget, Infrastructure NSW has set strict criteria for prospective bidders. The tender opportunity is only available to contractors with an annual revenue of $1 billion or more for the past three financial years AND a proposed lead designer who has designed an operational stadium in the past 10 years.
AFR's Michael Bleby confirmed that "As consortiums assemble to bid for the work, Lendlease has joined Populous – designer of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Fisht Stadium – and engineering firm Aurecon. John Holland and Cox Architecture, appointed to design Indonesia's 2018 Asian Games velodrome, and engineers Robert Bird Group, are another team. Brookfield Multiplex, architecture firm Hassell – collaborating with Cox on the new 60,000-seat Perth Stadium – and engineers Arup are another. Laing O'Rourke has paired with architects BVN, which designed the Sydney 2000 Olympic venue with Populous and which also designed a retractable roof planned for ANZ Stadium in 2014."
Image: The current Pirtek Stadium, Venues NSW
Applications are due by June 22, leading to the shortlisting of three tenders to the request for tender stage in July. Infrastructure NSW will close the tender process in October and announce the preferred tenderer in December. The project will be awarded on a lump sum design and construction contract.
Demolition works on the existing Pirtek Stadium may start as soon as January, with construction completed by 2019. The full project scope includes:
• demolition of existing facilities;
• design and construction of the new stadium and associated precinct works;
- 30,000 seat rectangular stadium on the site of the existing Pirtek Stadium including a new pitch and team, media, administration, amenity and maintenance facilities
- Retention of the existing car parking spaces on the site
- Future indoor recreation and community uses
- Required service infrastructure upgrades.