The Prindiville Stand at the WACA cricket ground in Perth, Western Australia has been demolished as part of improvements to the venue.
A new all-abilities playground will take its place, as the ground opens to the community through the WACA Ground Improvement Project (WGIP).
The Prindiville Stand designed by Hanlin & Young Architects officially opened in November 1984 as the initial stage of the Ground’s first major redevelopment to commemorate the Centenary of the WACA Ground.
Named after Bernie Prindiville, past President of the Western Australian Cricket Association, the stand became home to WA Cricket’s administration offices.
The Prindiville name will be retained on the Nelson Crescent side of the new administration which will be named the Prindiville Building, preserving an important part of WA cricket history.
The demolition took 15 weeks to complete, with tonnes of material including steel staircases, concrete seating, walls, wiring, and pipework removed from the 1500m2 site, which is just larger than an Olympic swimming pool.
Brajkovich Demolition is committed to recycling up to 95% of this material, through crushing facilities and their large salvage yard in the Swan Valley. WA Cricket has also salvaged museum artefacts, memorabilia and re-usable catering equipment from the decommissioned stand.
The Prindiville Stand will be replaced with an inclusive all-abilities playground, café and part of the new pavilion as the WACA Ground is transformed into a community and sporting hub with cricket at its heart.
The WGIP commenced in August 2021 with the oval lengthening to accommodate Australian rules football, with the East Fremantle Sharks calling the WACA Ground home for the next two Western Australian Football League (WAFL) seasons.
The Inverarity Stand has been demolished to make way for the resort-style swimming pools and the iconic light towers are currently being upgraded to new LED coloured lights.
The WGIP is anticipated to create 120 jobs in the construction phase and 250 ongoing jobs when operational.
The A$115 million WGIP is jointly funded by the Australian Government, Western Australian Government, City of Perth, WA Cricket and Cricket Australia.
The project is a key part of the $1.7billion Perth City Deal, a joint agreement between the three levels of government.
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