Melbourne Park redevelopment stage three announced

The Victorian government has committed $271.55 million for the third stage of the redevelopment of the Melbourne Park sports precinct, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

The project will include the creation of a new multi-purpose 5,000-seat sunken show court and arena, a central terrace with a new elevated outdoor public space, a function and media centre, broadcasting studios, central kitchen, loading dock and logistics hub, as well as new and improved pathways.

Architects and landscape architects have not yet been appointed, however, a spokesperson for Development Victoria (formerly Major Projects Victoria and Places Victoria) told ArchitectureAU more details about the procurement will be available next month.

The funding boost follows more than half a billion dollars in redevelopment works already underway.

The $336 million stage one of the redevelopment works included the upgrade of Margaret Court Arena, designed by NH Architecture and Populous, which was completed in 2015.

The $338 million stage two consists of a new pedestrian bridge by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA and a new media and administration building by Hassell, which were both completed in late 2016. It also includes the refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena by Cox Architecture, which is due for completion in time for the 2019 Australian Open.

Stage three is set to begin following the completion of stage two.

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