The foundations are literally being laid for WA sporting success at Rio and beyond, with the pouring of the main slab for the new $33.7million high performance training centre at Mount Claremont this week.

  • Foundations laid for WAIS High Performance Service Centre
  • Modern makeover for Challenge Stadium

Elite WA athletes Alana Nicholls, Brock Ingram and Teju Williamson joined Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron today to tour the construction site for the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) High Performance Service Centre.

“Laying the slab is an exciting construction milestone – the project is gathering pace,” Mr Waldron said. “We remain on target to have our athletes moving into the centre early next year, just as their training for Rio 2016 enters a critical phase.”

The high performance centre features unrivalled training facilities in Australia and the latest technology in sports science and recovery including state-of-the-art testing facilities, hydrotherapy and recovery pools, physiological laboratories and an indoor runway.

The Minister also revealed a new look for Challenge Stadium, as part of VenuesWest’s $1.33 million New Vision Project.

A new function and public open space interconnecting with the existing building is set to open up new community and commercial opportunities. The original 1986 entrance to the stadium will also be upgraded. VenuesWest will also be upgrading the majority of the existing toilets and change rooms to the facility as part of its commitment to renewing the building.

“We want Challenge to continue to be one of Western Australia’s iconic sport and entertainment venues well into this century,” Mr Waldron said.

“The New Vision project includes remodelling the entrance, façade and front areas, upgrading the hallways and auditorium and creating more function space.

“All profits made from commercial opportunities from the Stadium will support high performance sport, deliver for local community groups and enhance entertainment assets.” The transformation will be complete by mid-2014.”

Fact File

  • Main construction contract for WAIS High Performance Service Centre was awarded in October last year. The project is being managed by the Department of Sport and Recreation - the client.
  • Vision of the main slab being poured for the new high performance centre, along with an artist’s impression of the completed facility, can be downloaded from: https://app.box.com/s/7kcoazl6zsxszrvpi6e7

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