Viega Case Study Melbourne Park Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Iconic home of the Australian Open gets a multi-million dollar makeover

Named after the revered Australian tennis great, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena enjoys international fame as the main venue for the Australian Open – the first Grand Slam event of each calendar year.

In June 2015, it was announced that the arena would undergo a complete multi-million dollar refurbishment. The initiative is part of a $700+ million Melbourne Park Redevelopment project designed to significantly enhance every aspect of the audience experience and rejuvenate the external design.

Keeping it in the ball park

‘The obvious challenge that contractors faced on this job was time and having to adhere to the Tennis Centre’s tight schedule,” explains Viega Planning Consultant, Richard Andrew. “There was quite a bit of pipework involved. As well as toilets, showers and kiosks, piping infrastructure also had to be provided for new coaching, massage and medical areas. In order to get the job done, contractors were actually working two shifts per day.’

The need for speed

With the ability to meet stringent project deadlines crucial, Viega’s world-renowned Propress technology was the obvious choice when it came to selecting a pipework solution.

‘With such a tight schedule, our products were perfect for the job,’ says Richard. ‘Propress enables a very quick install, saving 75 per cent of labor time. And there’s no need to rely on somebody’s ability or skill to weld. It’s really just a case of putting it together, pressing it, and getting a certain joint each time. The other advantage is that installation can be done by one person – not two. They can also work on a ladder or a scissor lift and put our systems together safely.’

The right advice

In addition to providing the actual Propress system, Viega also offered detailed product training for installing contractors as well as ongoing technical advice to project management.

‘We visited site on three occasions and went through installation procedures and made sure the guys were installing it properly,‘ says Richard. ‘We also oversaw progress of the work and made recommendations as we went.’

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