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'Vastly different': Detailed concept designs for Hobart's Macquarie Point stadium expected soon

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The current state of Macquarie Point, soon to feature a new stadium. Image / MPDC

Detailed concept designs for Hobart’s proposed Macquarie Point stadium are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Cox Architecture, the firm behind the redesign of Perth Stadium and Adelaide Oval, was last month named as the lead design consultant for the project.


Macquarie Point Development Corporation chief executive Anne Beach told a parliamentary hearing on the stadium’s feasibility on Friday that the updated concept should be ready to share with the public soon.

However, she said there will be no opportunity for direct feedback at this stage.

Feedback will be instead sought once a detailed submission is made to the Tasmanian Planning Commission as part of the project of state significance assessment process, which has an assessment approval deadline of June 30, 2025

Preliminary Macquarie Point designs. Image / Supplied

Beach reiterated her confidence that the stadium’s cost could be kept within the $750 million budget, despite increasing building material and labour costs since that estimate was provided almost two years ago.

The new stadium designs will be ‘vastly different’ to the early designs shared, COX Director Alastair Richardson said in early May.

“When you look at the renders done last year it was seen a lot as a solid mass. The aim is that it will not be a solid mass,” he said.


“This building needs to be scaled, transparent, open, something that actually has an engagement with the city and not a concrete wall, sort of blocking off its access.”


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