Remember that feeling you get after a concert where your throat is sore and your ears are ringing but you still want to sing your heart out. Or watching a basketball or tennis match and you see your stars winning. Whether music or sports, simply being at an event can leave you refreshed and energized. And the experience can take you to a whole new level if the event takes place in a breathtaking environment.

The Perth Arena is an entertainment and sporting arena in the city centre of Perth, Western Australia. It was officially opened on 10 November 2012. The Perth Arena is the first stage of the Perth City Link, a 13.5 hectare major urban renewal and redevelopment project which involves the sinking of the Fremantle railway line to link the Perth central business district directly with Northbridge.

Up to 15,000 people can enjoy the events

The multi-award winning project was jointly designed by architectural firms Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Cameron Chisholm Nicol. With its design based on the Eternity puzzle, the venue holds up to 14,000 spectators for tennis events, 15,000 for basketball and a maximum of 15,500 for concerts. The venue has a retractable roof, 36 luxury appointed corporate suites, a 680-bay underground car park, 5 dedicated function spaces, and touring trucks can drive directly onto the arena floor.

Conceived by ARM Architecture, the Perth Arena features a flexible design and striking façade, furthermore incorporating a large auditorium, event spaces and food and beverage outlets.

West Australian's landmark

Sikafloor systems have been applied across 8000 square metres of the new Perth Arena, a multi-purpose events stadium catering for up to 15,500 patrons. Architecturally designed, this landmark West Australian venue demanded a mix of aesthetic and performance-focused surface solutions.

“Sika has experience in construction solutions for stadiums and other commercial and public buildings, including the MCG, Etihad Stadium, AAMI Stadium and Adelaide Oval,” said Sika project manager, Anthony Lewis. “We were asked to address flooring for the internal concourse, bar and function spaces as well as the extensive seating areas, with each zone presenting its own challenges.”

Walkways and unique wall design

As well as managing the heavy footfall of thousands of patrons each week, the internal concourse required walkways to be a visual match with the unique wall design. The textured, medium duty epoxy Sikafloor® 263NS was chosen as an anti-slip, self-levelling floor topping system, tailored to the desired visual effect. Applied in a grey and white colored walkway, the surface was inlaid with a thick black band, connecting with the pattern that extends across the walls and ceiling.

Signal Blue concrete

The colour matching continued in the seating areas where the Sikafloor® 2530W coating in Signal Blue was specified and applied to all concrete seating platforms, associated stairs and access ways within the stadium. Ideal for interior and exterior seamless floors, Sikafloor® PU clear polyurethane coating was used over polished concrete throughout the bar and function areas where its hard-wearing, abrasion and chemical splash resistant attributes are essential.

No slipping

“In addition to the aesthetic requirements of each zone, Sika also ensured flooring conformed to the Australian Standard slip rating for commercial spaces,” added Lewis. “Working with our certified partner, Anti-Skid Industries, gave us added confidence in the high standard of the installation and resulting finish.”

What is the next match you’ll be going to? Or the next concert? Experiencing it live with friends or family is always a very special and memorable experience. Forget television.

Take a look inside the Perth Arena on Youtube.com

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