Lendlease Backtrack on Build of Sydney Stadium

Cox Architects was announced the winner of a competition to design the stadium in October.

The redevelopment of Sydney Football Stadium is at risk of being halted, after Lendlease disclosed it would not be economically viable to complete the project. 

The NSW Government initially granted the tender for both demolition of existing Allianz Stadium and construction of the new stadium to Lendlease.

Despite having commenced demolition on the stadium at Moore Park, Sports Minister John Sidoti announced Friday that Lendlease would not be completing the construction phase of the project because of the $729 million budget. 

According to opposition sports spokeswoman, Lynda Voltz, the project is feared to run over time and budget, with more than $250 million in features already scrapped.

The project was put to tender in June 2018, despite Infrastructure NSW not having secured a design for the project.

Lendlease won the bid for demolition and construction in December, despite development consent not having been secured.

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The two-stage contract was offered to allow demolition to be completed whilst designs for the stadium were finalised. 

A spokesperson for Infrastructure NSW said Lendlease’s contract included a provision for termination, in the case of an agreement not being reached on the second phase of development. 

It is likely that Lendlease, when presented with the final designs, decided both stages of the project were not possible to complete within the government’s budget. 

Ms Voltz says the disruption will “leave a lot of major events in the lurch,” despite assurances from Premier Gladys Berejiklian that the stadium is on track to be open by 2022. 

Multiplex, John Holland and A W Edwards were all invited to tender last week. 

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