Lend Lease wins tender for Margaret Court Arena redevelopment

LEND Lease has won the tender for the $180 million redevelopment of Margaret Court Arena as part of the ongoing work at Melbourne Park, Victorian Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine announced yesterday.

The major upgrade of Margaret Court Arena will include the installation of a retractable roof, a fully enclosed foyer and concourse area and an additional 1,500 seats.

The works form stage 1 of the western precinct works and will provide Melbourne Park with its third all-weather venue when complete.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Government was delighted with the response to the tender, with many of Australia's leading construction companies making a bid.

He said Lend Lease would bring a high-quality team as well as valuable experience and understanding to the Western Precinct project, adding that the company has a strong history of public work in Melbourne with projects such as the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre.

Lend Lease will now begin detailed planning for the project with architects NH Architecture and Populous. Construction is expected to begin in March next year.

The Western Precinct project is part of the $366 million first stage of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment, expected to be completed in time for the 2015 Australian Open.

The project, announced by former Premier John Brumby in January 2010, also includes a new Eastern Plaza (already under construction), refurbishments to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena, additional parking and a footbridge linking Melbourne Park to the new Rectangular Stadium.

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