Architects ARM and CCN engaged Aurecon to provide design services for the structural, façade, vertical transport, retractable roof mechanism and fire safety engineering components of the RAC Arena (formerly Perth Arena).
RAC Arena is a 15 500 person capacity multi-purpose indoor entertainment and sports stadium that forms a critical part of the Government of Western Australia’s multi-billion dollar Perth City Link project. With the design brief from the client aspiring to provide an iconic, state-of-the-art world-class facility to attract and host international calibre sporting and entertainment events.
Innovative solutions were required for challenges associated with dealing with the extremely complex geometry, and close collaboration between project team members, contractor and client was a key factor in responding to various challenges in the successful delivery of this project.
The RAC Arena incorporates a retractable roof that can open and close in 14 minutes and a flexible design stadium allowing intimate 3 000 people performances up to 15 500 in tennis mode. Other features include a basement car park, ground level plaza, a five-level superstructure housing tiered seating, with extensive hospitality and corporate suites.
The joint venture architects, ARM and CCN found their inspiration for the shape of the building façade from the historic Round House in Fremantle, and the Eternity Puzzle which consists of 209 abstract irregular shapes. The result is a unique and complex sculptural form that presented significant challenges to the engineering team.
RAC Arena was opened in November 2012 and through its breath-taking design the Arena has quickly become a Perth landmark and reportedly Australia’s finest venue public amenity in Perth’s central entertainment precinct.
The project has been a source of numerous awards for Aurecon.