ASPECT Studios, along with team partners Lendlease and Populous, has won the bid to design and deliver a new $300 million stadium precinct to replace Pirtek Stadium in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta. Located on a sweeping bend of the Parramatta River on the western edge of the CBD, the 30,000-seat Pirtek Stadium is home to local rugby league team the Parramatta Eels, as well as the A-League team the Western Sydney Wanderers and the rugby union team the Western Sydney Rams, and is set to become a new city landmark within a picturesque World Heritage Parkland setting. The design of the public realm, led by ASPECT Studios, integrates the stadium facility within the surrounding city and parklands through a series of connecting pedestrian and cycle paths, new planting and a range of complementary outdoor event spaces. An active urban park located along O’Connell Street will form the heart of the public experience and will re-energise the western edge of the CBD. The park’s terraced design will provide a dynamic setting for multiple uses and activities, including giant slides, sporting facilities and water play. The park will also form a new meeting place to encourage everyday engagement for all walks of life and has the capacity to transform into an event space during game days at the stadium. Demolition of the existing stadium is due to commence early next year and completion is expected in 2019.
ASPECT Studios’ key philosophy is to design places where people want to be and the new public realm for Western Sydney Stadium will form a vital new civic space for the city.Full team: Lendlease – Project Managers / Developers Populous – Architects / Lead Consultants ASPECT Studios – Landscape Architects Aurecon – Hydraulic / Civil / Structural Engineering A.G. Coombes – Services Specialist Stowe – Lighting / Electrical Cini Little – Kitchen / Hospitality AMBS – Ecology and Heritage Location: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia