West Coast Eagles Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment

Completion year 2018

Civil, Structural

Sports, Culture & the Arts


Key People

Simon Lau

Structural Project Engineer

Travis Demeza

Senior Civil Project Engineer, Australian Discipline Leader, Associate

Alasdair MacKerron

Senior Structural Project Engineer, Principal

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This project involves construction of a bespoke facility to bring together the West Coast Eagles training, rehabilitation, administration and community amenities. The building will provide a large indoor training hall, gyms, lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, function rooms, café, museum, shop, administrative space and media rooms. The Wirrpanda Foundation will also be located in the building with its own entrance and garden amphitheatre. The project includes two world class ovals with WGE providing structural and civil engineering services.

The large three storey building is designed to utilise the topography of the site to minimise the perceived mass of the building from the perimeter. Undercrofts, podia, stepped facades and an overhanging feature roof soften the impact of the buildings main external façade from the road, while maintaining an impressive façade facing the oval.

This project is a significant milestone in the history of the West Coast Eagles with the establishment of their own world class training facility.

Design challenges:

  • To establish the ovals in time for completion in early 2018 requires two growing seasons for the turf to be ready. This meant the forward works package had to be completed to tender level in three weeks. The team worked closely with the architect, landscape architect, pitch specialist, client and Perth Football Club to determine the correct level and produce a comprehensive set of documents.
  • The mixture of spaces provided in the building provided a significant challenge in developing a rational structural grid throughout while allowing some expansion of the 200m long building.