Laing O’Rourke has been picked to carry out a £187M (AUS $350m) redevelopment of the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
The revamp of the venue will include a retractable roof and movable seating to bring fans closer to the playing area.
Laing O’Rourke pipped Brookfield Multiplex to win the contract.
Now known as ANZ Stadium, the arena was reconfigured after the 2000 Olympic Games, with the athletics track removed and capacity dropping from 110,000 to 83,000.
Key features of the redevelopment include:
- Moveable grandstands at both ends of the stadium to bring fans as close as 5m to the field of play for Rugby League, Rugby Union and Football. The stadium will retain the ability to be configured for AFL and Cricket.
- A retractable roof which will open or close in 20 minutes.
- Capacity maintained at 80,000-plus, plus the option of an ‘Intimate Mode’ which allows the stadium to be configured for smaller events.
- New bars, cafes and restaurants inside and outside the venue.
ANZ Stadium said Laing O’Rourke “has provided detailed designs, full costs of the proposed scope of works, construction methodology, and a full schedule for the construction process”.
The venue operator said it hoped construction works inside the stadium can begin immediately after the 2016 NRL Grand Final and be completed in time for State of Origin 2018.
ANZ Stadium managing director Daryl Kerry said: “Sydney is the most diverse and competitive sporting city in the world, being home to more than 15 professional teams across five major codes. The design concepts developed by Laing O’Rourke are exceptional and will provide Sydney with one of the greatest multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadiums in the world.”