John Holland Preferred for Marvel Stadium Upgrade

John Holland has been appointed preferred builder for the $225 million upgrade to Marvel Stadium, set to commence this year.

The Tier 1 builder was part of a competitive tender process, being preferred for the contract over Lendlease and Multiplex.

The redevelopment, which was first announced in 2018, seeks to improve connectivity between the stadium and the CBD’s west end, and position it as a lifestyle precinct outside of sporting matches and entertainment. 

Plans for the project include a Town Square plaza to greet pedestrians arriving at the stadium via the footbridge from Southern Cross Station, with some stadium walls removed to allow punters and those passing through a view of the field. 

The town square will be open to the public on non-game days, with the indoor-outdoor space designed to accommodate night markets and community gatherings, and converted into ticketed areas for matches and concerts.

A stadium extension named City Edge, overlooking Wurundjeri Way will also provide improved public facilities as well as CBD views from function rooms.

JHG’s current pipeline of work in Victoria includes a number of big-budget builds, including the $925 million Chisholm Road Prison project.

The $470 million Victorian Heart Hospital is also currently under construction, with the project due for completion in late 2022.

Marvel Stadium was originally built by Baulderstone and officially opened in 2000 and named after the now-defunct Colonial State Bank.

The stadium redevelopment is expected to commence later this year, around pre-existing sports fixtures and concerts, with completion expected by mid-2023.

Image Source: Austadiums

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