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Perth's most iconic project, Optus Stadium in Western Australia, opened its doors on the 21st of January 2018 after 36 months of construction. With a ‘fans first' approach to planning and design, the multi-purpose venue will offer an unrivalled spectator experience for a crowd of up to 60,000 (in AFL mode) with exceptional event atmosphere and cutting-edge stadium design and technology.

With the planning of the project being in progress over a 10-year period, 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. There were a number of other factors that assisted the Gyprock bid to supply this project, including a reputation for innovation and technical leadership – having achieved success in delivering state and national level landmark rel="noopener noreferrer" projects including Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

Gyprock were delighted to be chosen by the wall and ceiling contractor Cubic Interiors WA to supply this project, partnering with Cubic to guide product specification and providing technical support on site. The proximity of Gyprock's factory in Welshpool, approximately 12 kilometres from the stadium construction site, was also a major catalyst in the tender process, as it helped to save freight costs and lead-time. It also allowed for Gyprock's technical team to provide on-site assistance as required.

Gyprock products including EC08 Complete, Gyptone and Rigitone, were specified for the project, with 80 semi-trailer deliveries made, transporting approximately 200,000m2 of plasterboard to the construction site.

Gyprock EC08 Complete is a premium plasterboard and made up approximately one-quarter (58,000m2) of the plasterboard product used on the project. It was specifically used in the corridors, lounges, general admission areas and food and beverage outlets due to its superior performance for mould, impact, fire, acoustic and moisture resistance.

"Perth’s state-of-the-art Optus Stadium had long been on CSR Gyprock's radar, with the aim to support the project with high performance products."

With consideration of the volume of EC08 Complete required in the project, Gyprock's Welshpool factory responded by expanding its manufacturing capabilities to produce the premium plasterboard locally and to specific project requirements, including size of rooms, height and length of walls, and to help reduce wastage on site.

Functional acoustic performance was high on the list of requirements for the dining, conference and private entertainment areas of the stadium, but at a competitive cost of the aesthetic finish of the spaces. Balancing acoustic excellence and visual impact, the panel perforations of the Gyprock perforated plasterboard range, combined with the products acoustic fabric lining and insulation as required, deliver reduced echo and noise reverberation to create more comfortable environments.