Australia: Construction and Infrastructure Projects

Lisa Dudzik Infrastructure
Construction in Australia

This page will cover up-and-coming construction projects in Australia. If there’s anything you want to discuss, please feel free to touch base with contracts and claims manager Lisa Dudzik.

When I’m not busy with my post grad law studies or out on site with my clients, I spend most of my time keeping up to date with the latest construction projects happening around the world. I’m eternally grateful that the Internet makes this possible, allowing me to jump from one website and one country to another to find out what’s new.

In Australia in particular, I’m excited about infrastructure and construction projects that address needs and solve problems. I’m also interested in projects that make Australia more competitive and attractive to the tourism sector.

Here’s one project currently underway in Australia I’d like to feature:

Perth Stadium and Stadium Railway

Billed as the third largest stadium in Australia, Perth Stadium is located in Burswood and will have a capacity of 60,000 people. Right on track to finish construction by 2018, the stadium was initially planned to be built at either Kitchener Park or East Perth.

Prior to finalizing the plans of the Western Australian government on how to go about building Perth Stadium, there were talks and proposals to redevelop the Subiaco Oval, which has a 40,000-seating capacity. However, there were also plans to demolish the stadium to give way for a new major sports event venue. Instead of redeveloping the Subiaco Oval, there was a proposal to build a new and modern 60,000-seat stadium. This plan was given the green light, but the project failed to push through, in part because of the election of a new state governor.

From Subiaco Oval, Perth Stadium finally found its home in Burswood. One notable fact about this major sports venue is that there are plans to build a stadium railway as well. Construction of the stadium railway has already begun and will see completion in 2017, roughly around the same time Perth Stadium will be finished. The railway is seen to ferry as many as 28,000 people within an hour of an event.

Government officials have made it clear that there will be no car park zones or buildings for the new sports venue. To get to Perth Stadium, one will have to walk or take the railway, which is a plus in my book regarding community and environmentally friendly design. The railway will also be connected to the Central Business District to ensure there are enough entry and exit points for people to get around the area.

So what does the government envision Perth Stadium to be? Of course, Perth Stadium will cater to sporting events like football, rugby, cricket, and soccer games. Cultural events such as concerts can also be staged here. Right now, construction of the stadium is seen to reach a budget of over $1.5 billion, but until 2018, there is reason to expect higher figures.

For more of Australia’s construction and infrastructure projects in the pipeline, kindly stay tuned to this page for more updates.