Bankwest Stadium, Australia

The new Bankwest Stadium is a world-class venue, bringing spectators closer to the action than ever before

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 stadium caters to bigger crowds, provides an improved game-day experience and brings major economic benefits to the Western Sydney community. Working in close collaboration with design and construct contractor Lendlease and architect Populous, Aurecon delivered structural and civil engineering, wind engineering, and building services for the AUD 360 million project.

Bringing spectators closer to the action

The first major project under the stadia strategy, Bankwest Stadium caters to a larger volume of spectators, bringing them closer to the action than ever before. This is achieved through the stadium’s key features, which include the steepest stands of any local venue with comfortable seating for 30 000 spectators, and capacity for 40 000 people in concert mode; five levels of premium, corporate and function spaces, advanced technology, WiFi and broadcast facilities, large LED screens and improved security. The stadium also offers high-quality food and beverage facilities, as well as providing expansive pedestrian and public plaza areas with large flexible green space for informal gatherings and events for the public to enjoy.

The primary design driver of the stadium was to maximise the game day experience for all spectators with atmosphere, enclosure and proximity to the action as the key focus areas. Working in close collaboration with the project’s delivery partners, the design process was turned on its head to accelerate design, procurement and fabrication, which eliminated a significant amount of temporary works and led to a faster, cheaper build.

“We used a human-centred design approach and incorporated sustainability measures to support the development’s overall goal of providing a world-class, accessible and operationally sustainable facility that will serve the community well into the future,” commented Joe Pirrello, Project Leader and Technical Director at Aurecon.

Focus on sustainability and collaboration

The attention given to sustainability was 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.

Aurecon’s top creative minds worked in close collaboration with the project’s delivery partners to facilitate this holistic collaborative design approach. Aurecon’s structural design team was co-located in a project design office with partners Lendlease and Populous and Aurecon’s building services team also worked closely with the project’s design and construct subcontractors.

The new Bankwest Stadium, which officially opened to the public in April 2019, brings a wide range of experiences to life for the surrounding community by creating a precinct that is used for various sports including rugby league, football, rugby union, and other events such as concerts, markets and fairs. 

Bankwest Stadium won Outstanding Sports & Major Events Project at the 2019 Western Sydney Project of the Year Awards and has been nominated for overall Greater Western Sydney Project of the Year.

*The stadium was previously named Western Sydney Stadium and was renamed Bankwest Stadium in 2018.

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