Bankwest Stadium, formerly known as Western Sydney Stadium*, forms part of the New South Wales Government’s AUD 1.6-billion stadia strategy to improve sporting infrastructure across the state. The vision for the stadium involves catering for bigger crowds, providing an improved game-day experience and bringing major economic benefits to the Western Sydney community. Working in close collaboration with design and construct contractor Lendlease and architect Populous, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon is delivering structural and civil engineering, wind engineering, and building services for the AUD 360 million project.
The first major project under the stadia strategy, Bankwest Stadium is expected to cater for a larger volume of spectators and bring them closer to the action than ever before. This will be achieved through the stadium’s key features, which will include the steepest stands of any local venue with comfortable seating for 30 000 spectators; five levels of premium, corporate and function spaces, advanced technology WiFi and broadcast facilities, large LED screens and improved security. The stadium will also offer high-quality food and beverage facilities, as well as provide expansive pedestrian and public plaza areas with large flexible green space for informal gatherings and events for the public to enjoy.
The attention being given to sustainability is a strong value-added feature of the project for the community with aspects such as the latest LED sports lighting technology providing substantial energy reductions. The project is targeting a LEED Gold rating benchmarking its performance on a global stage. Ultimately, this will help achieve a positive environmental impact, as the community comes together and strengthens through sports, entertainment and community events.
“We are working on the project delivery with sustainable design at the forefront of our approach. Building services plant and equipment have been selected to respond to the associated built form. Where possible, passive sustainability measures are being incorporated to assist and support the development’s overall energy consumption profile,” said Aurecon’s Matt Magraith, Project Director.
Aurecon’s top creative minds are working in a close collaboration with the project’s delivery partners, “Facilitating this holistic collaborative design approach, our structural design team is co-located in a project design office with partners Lendlease and Populous. Aurecon’s building services team is also working closely with the project’s design and construct subcontractors” commented Joe Pirrello, Project Leader and Associate Structural Engineer at Aurecon.
Work has started on Western Sydney’s newest sports stadium on the site of the old Pirtek stadium in Parramatta and is expected to open in 2019. The new Bankwest Stadium will be able to bring a wide range of experiences to life for the surrounding community by creating a precinct that will be used for various sports including rugby league, football, rugby union, and other events such as concerts, markets and fairs.
*The stadium was previously named Western Sydney Stadium and was renamed Bankwest Stadium in 2018.