The State Government has named a consortium headed by Brookfield Financial and John Laing as the preferred bidder for the contract to design, build, finance and maintain Perth’s new 60,000-seat stadium at Burswood.
Premier Colin Barnett said the WESTADIUM consortium was one of three shortlisted private sector parties to submit bids that addressed the technical, operational and commercial requirements of the State’s Request for Proposals.
“The State’s evaluation team spent the past four months rigorously evaluating each bid and ultimately determined that WESTADIUM represented the best overall value for money for the design and construction phase plus the contract’s 25-year maintenance period,” he said.
“We expect the contract will be awarded mid-year - which is when we can reveal the successful design.”
The State would now enter exclusive negotiations, in a bid to reach final agreement on all of the terms and conditions of the contract.
Cabinet also approved appointment of the Confidem consortium as the reserve respondent, in the event that the State cannot successfully conclude negotiations with WESTADIUM.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron thanked the three consortia for the significant investment and time they had taken to develop their bids.
“The quality and breadth of the bid responses reflects the stature of this project and the appetite from the international stadia industry to be part of delivering a world-class venue,” he said.
“The announcement today demonstrates how beneficial the past two years of planning have been, but there is still a long way to go to successfully deliver this project.”
Physical pre-construction site works were recently completed six weeks ahead of schedule.
The site is now being left to settle under 740,000 tonnes of sand surcharge to ensure it is fully ready for construction to begin at the end of 2014.
The new Perth Stadium is scheduled to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.
The WESTADIUM consortium is led by Brookfield Financial and John Laing, with Brookfield Multiplex as builder and Brookfield Johnson Controls as facilities manager.