Perth Arena

Adaptable air-conditioning puts the wind behind a major regeneration scheme


  • Perth, Western Australia, Australia


  • WA Department of Housing & Works

Project Status

  • Completed in 2012


  • ARM Architecture, RTKL, Cameron Chisholm Nicol

Perth Arena is an entertainment and sporting venue in the heart of Western Australia’s city of Perth, designed to hold up to 15,000 people. With its geometric architecture, the landmark building is the first stage of a major urban regeneration programme. The venue has a retractable roof and supporting facilities including VIP boxes, multipurpose event rooms, refreshment outlets and a 700-space basement car park.

We provided mechanical, electrical and fire protection services engineering, along with specialist sustainability and lighting consultancy for the arena, first assisting the architectural consortium win the design competition and then working on the concept and detailed design.

Although the architectural vision was bold, it responded to an ambitious and functional brief aiming to maximize the facility’s commercial potential while minimizing environmental impact. We met this challenge with a flexible design, incorporating a variety of air-conditioning solutions that deliver considerable savings in both energy and operating costs. When fully occupied, the arena is cooled with displacement ventilation, supplied through the tiered seating stands. The public circulation area surrounding the stadium is treated with natural ventilation but can operate in mixed-mode if needed.

The result is a commercially viable stadium with a high level of adaptability, capable of hosting large-scale live events, from international concerts and dance spectaculars to World BMX, netball and basketball championships and major tennis tournaments, including the Davis Cup.