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Design & Development

Government takes developer to court over HBF Park ‘defects’

The West Australian government is set to take BGC Construction to court over alleged building defects that have been discovered at Perth-based multi-sport stadium HBF Park.

The authority claims that the developer has failed to fix problems in the eastern canopy and roof skylights, as well as glass elements at the stadium. The value of the damages being sought by the government has not been disclosed

In 2012, BGC Construction was awarded the Aus$95m (£52m/€58m/$65m) contract to develop the venue, with the revamp including a covered two-tier eastern grandstand, as well as a new south stand, corporate boxes, a 250-seat barbeque terrace and a new playing surface. The project was completed in 2013.

The stadium hosts the Western Force rugby union team and Perth Glory, which competes in Australian football’s top-tier A-League. A number of National Rugby League clubs are also in talks with HBF Park’s operator over the potential for staging rugby league matches at the venue next year.

However, a spokesman for Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray insisted that the playing schedule at the stadium itself will not be disrupted by legal action.

The stadium, traditionally known as the Perth Oval, was renamed HBF Park this year after the health insurance provider was unveiled as its new naming-rights sponsor.

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