Populous to design Western Sydney Stadium

The New South Wales Government has revealed designs for a new stadium in Parramatta by Populous, part of the Lend Lease consortium, which won the contract to design and build the stadium.

The proposed Western Sydney Stadium will replace Pirtek Stadium, designed by Cox Architecture and built by Lend Lease in 1986, which will be demolished in early 2017.

The Lend Lease consortium beat two other groups: Brookfield Multiplex consortium with Hassell and John Holland consortium with Cox Architecture.

The Western Sydney Stadium designed by Populous.

The Western Sydney Stadium designed by Populous.

Image: Populous

NSW premier Mike Baird said the 30,000-seat stadium is the first stadium to come out of the NSW government’s $1.6-billion stadia package.

“This design boasts Australia’s steepest stands to ensure fans will be closer to the action than they are at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium or any other in the country,” said Baird.

NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said: “Western Sydney Stadium was designed with the entire fan experience in mind […] and an activation precinct set to draw the crowds on game day.”

The precinct will provide pedestrian and public transport links and improved access to Parramatta Park. The stadium will feature a Gold LEED Energy and Environment design rating, the US Green Building Council’s sustainability rating tool.

The new stadium is scheduled to open in 2019.

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