Rod Laver Arena redevelopment, Melbourne, VIC

At almost 30 years old, Rod Laver Arena was refurbished as part of the $700+ million Melbourne Park Redevelopment project.  This significantly enhanced every aspect of the customer experience and rejuvenated the external design of the iconic venue as well as ensuring it continues to host the best events in Australia.

Aimed directly at improving event experience for patrons, the multi-million dollar array of new developments included:

• A new eastern annex which will be become the main public entrance to the arena and provide new public amenities.
• New food and beverage outlets, including outlets on the floor level providing patrons with easier access to food and drinks during shows.
• Upgraded bathroom facilities with additional toilets, including a Changing Places toilet to cater for patrons with disabilities.
• Increased disability access including universal access to the seating bowl.
• A larger, more efficient loading bay that will allow concerts to be set up faster and increase the number of shows.
• Increased rigging capacity and back-of-house improvements to accommodate promoters and hirers bringing the largest shows to the arena.

Philip Chun provided both BCA and Access consultancy for this project.

Image Credit: Cox Architects