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The Victorian Government has unveiled the latest plans for the Western Precinct at Melbourne Park, designed by local practice NH Architecture and sports stadium specialists, Populous.
The new Western Precinct will improve capacity on Margaret Court Arena by 1,500 – bringing the total number of seats to 7,500 – and see an operable roof added to the facility, which is used as the third court for the annual Australian Open.
Additional improvements included in the Western Precinct include a new indoor concourse area and improved patron facilities.
The project forms part of the state government’s $363 million redevelopment of Melbourne Park, which also includes the addition of the new Eastern Plaza and tennis training facilities – a project by Jackson Architecture.
The latest designs were unveiled by Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine and Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty. Napthine said: “This fantastic new design is focused on people and creating an active and welcoming space. The roof will provide greater shade and rain protection for the public, while the new foyer spaces are light, airy and inviting.”
The redeveloped Margaret Court Arena will feature a ‘pleated’ roof design, while glazing around the perimeter will offer views of the city. Connections between Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena will be improved as part of the project, improving both amenity and capacity for major sporting events such as the Australian Open.
The Western Precinct is due for completion in 2015.