In 2009, Rugby WA announced its intention to move all home games from Subiaco Oval to the Members Equity Stadium (now nib Stadium), effective at commencement of the 2010 Super 14 season. Rugby WA obtained a government grant to fund a series of improvement works to be undertaken at the stadium to ensure its suitability for Super 14 games. These works included upgrade of the stadium flood lighting, additional seating capacity, concourse improvements, corporate facilities and marquees, pitch-side jumbo video screens, upgrade to broadcasting boxes and improvements to changeroom facilities.
NS Projects was appointed by Rugby WA in August 2009 to oversee the implementation of a series of upgrade works at Members Equity Stadium. The role involved project management of a number of professional consultants, contractors, suppliers and stakeholders in order to achieve completion of the works within an exceptionally tight time frame.
- All works were to be completed prior to the Super 14 season at the start of February 2010, without disrupting the ongoing venue commitments to Perth Glory Football Club and other scheduled concert events due to occur during construction works. NS Projects put in place a tightly managed programme and staged works process, enlisting contractor and stakeholder buy-in to ensure key milestones were met and scheduled events proceeded.
- The project required the development of a construction management strategy that recognised the risks and issues of working with existing structures and infrastructure including live services, temporary seating structures and the existing grandstand. NS Projects worked closely with all contractors and stakeholders to establish solid relationships and a clear management approach, with clear delineation of responsibilities between parties.
- The coordination of multiple subcontractors and suppliers, to ensure works were synchronised and undertaken in a tight period without disrupting an operational venue. This required a construction management approach and tight contractual control between subcontractors and suppliers to ensure harmonious and effective working arrangements.
- The nature of the works required liaison with a number of key third parties including media broadcasters, public health officials, local council, neighbours and other venue users. Excellent communication and stakeholder management was critical to ensure timely completion of the project including regular and accurate project status reporting.