12/04/2013 - 10:09

Government shortlists three stadium builders

12/04/2013 - 10:09

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The proposed site for the $1.2 billion Burswood stadium.

The state government has short-listed three consortiums of the “world’s top stadium builders” for the Burswood football arena.

Premier Colin Barnett said the WESTADIUM consortium, led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing; Confidem, led by Capealla Capital; and WestAdium, led by Bouygues and Plenary Group, would progress to the request for proposal stage for the stadium contract.

Previous government estimates have put the stadium cost at around $900 million, while an additional $298 million will be spent developing a bus-train-road-pedestrian plan.

“The consortia will now have the opportunity to work with government on their detailed plans for the stadium and sports precinct to ensure they meet the state’s requirements," Mr Barnett said.

He said the builders had collectively been responsible for the London Olympic Stadium, the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval, and the Singapore Sports Hub.

Sports and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said extensive consultation with sports groups, fans and the general public would ensure the builders were provided with the best advice to produce a world-class venue.

“The driving philosophy behind the stadium is putting fans first, and this will continue to be the state government’s focus,” he said.

The government also announced today that the Ertech Keller joint venture had been chosen as its preferred contractor for pre-construction site works.

Mr Barnett said the 18-month preliminary site works program would begin in June, to mitigate environmental and ground condition risks.

Construction of the stadium is expected to start in late 2014.

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