Melbourne Park, Margaret Court Arena

This project formed part of Melbourne & Olympic Park Trust’s 12-year master plan for the redevelopment of the site. The aim of which was to secure the Grand Slam status of the Australian Open as well as provide a major events venue that sat comfortably within the current array of stadia in Melbourne. Importantly, the project not only had to convert the existing Margaret Court open-bowl into a fully enclosed multi-mode stadium with operable roof, but the construction works phasing had to facilitate the on-going delivery of the Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Our involvement

Aquenta was engaged to provide cost management services from design concept through to construction phase including careful management and negotiation of a Warranted Maximum Price under a Management Contracting arrangement with builder Lend Lease Project Management & Construction.


Cost Planning, Value Engineering, Risk Consulting, Contract & Dispute Services.

The outcome

With the help of the Aquenta team and the services provided, Margaret Court Arena successfully opened in time for 2015 Australian Open and importantly, within the agreed budget. Savings were realised on the construction contract and also on the selection of the food and beverage equipment supplier without compromising quality.

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