Over 200,000 square metres of plasterboard products from Gyprock were supplied for the Optus Stadium project in Perth, Western Australia.
Opened in January 2018 after 10 years of planning and 36 months of construction, the iconic Optus Stadium, which can accommodate up to 60,000 people, is designed to offer an outstanding spectator experience with exceptional event atmosphere and cutting-edge stadium design and technology.
The state-of-the-art venue had long been on CSR Gyprock's radar with the aim to support the project with high performance products. Gyprock’s reputation for innovation and technical leadership based on their success in delivering landmark projects such as the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) played a major role in the company being selected to supply the stadium project.
Chosen by Cubic Interiors WA to supply this project, Gyprock partnered with the wall and ceiling contractor to guide product specification and provide technical support on site. The location of Gyprock's factory in Welshpool, approximately 12 kilometres from the stadium construction site, was a major advantage that worked in their favour during the tender process, as the proximity helped to save freight costs and lead time. It also allowed Gyprock's technical team to provide on-site assistance as required.
Gyprock plasterboard products specified for the Optus Stadium included EC08 Complete, Gyptone and Rigitone, with a total quantity of about 200,000 square metres transported on 80 semi-trailers to the construction site.
Over 58,000 square metres of the premium plasterboard product Gyprock EC08 Complete was supplied, making up more than a quarter of the total plasterboard products used on the project. Gyprock EC08 Complete was specifically used in the corridors, lounges, general admission areas and food and beverage outlets due to its superior performance in mould, impact, fire, acoustic and moisture resistance.
To meet this massive volume, Gyprock's Welshpool factory expanded its manufacturing capabilities to produce the premium plasterboard locally and to specific project requirements, including size of rooms, and height and length of walls, helping reduce wastage on site.
For the dining, conference and private entertainment areas of the stadium, the brief sought to combine superior acoustic performance with an aesthetic finish at a competitive cost. Balancing acoustic excellence and visual impact, Gyprock’s perforated plasterboard panels were combined with acoustic fabric lining and insulation as required to reduce echo and noise reverberation, and create more comfortable environments.