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CommBank Stadium, Australia

A world-class stadium bringing spectators a wide range of experiences

CommBank Stadium is a world-class venue, bringing spectators closer to the action than ever before.

CommBank Stadium, formerly known as Bankwest 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, sustainability consulting, wind and fire engineering, security and building services for the AUD 360 million project.

Bringing spectators closer to the action

The first major project under the stadia strategy, CommBank 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 venue in Australia 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 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

CommBank Stadium is the first stadium in the world to receive LEED v4 Gold certification for sustainability by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is also Australia’s first LEED v4 Gold building.

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.

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.

CommBank 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, business events, markets and fairs.

Award-winning

CommBank Stadium (formerly Bankwest Stadium) has won the following industry awards:

  • Winner: Australian Steel Industry Award 2020 – National and New South Wales – Buildings – Large Projects
  • Winner: Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Awards – NSW Division 2020 – Best Steel Architecture
  • Winner: Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Awards – NSW Division 2020 – Best Commercial Architecture
  • Winner: Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Awards – NSW Division 2020 – The People’s Choice Award for Life in 2020 ‘Best Post-Iso Party’ – Populous
  • High commendation: Consult Australia Awards for Excellence 2020 – Collaboration for Project Excellence
  • Winner: Good Design Australia Awards 2020 – Gold Award for Architecture – Populous
  • Winner: Master Builder Association of NSW Awards 2020 – Award for Sporting Facilities
  • Winner: Master Builder Association of NSW Awards 2020 – Award for Excellence in Environment – Lendlease
  • Winner: Stadium DB Stadium of the Year Awards 2020 – Silver Medal
  • Winner: Western Sydney Project of the Year Awards 2019 – Outstanding Sports
  • Winner: Western Sydney Project of the Year Awards 2019 – Major Events Project
  • Winner: Western Sydney Project of the Year Awards 2019 – Joint Project of the Year
  • Winner: Austadiums Stadium of the Year Awards 2019 – Australia’s Best Rectangular Stadium
  • Commendation: National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Excellence Award 2019 – Large Commercial – Stowe Australia

*The stadium was previously named Western Sydney Stadium, but was renamed Bankwest Stadium in 2018, then CommBank Stadium in 2021.

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