In April 2017, the Minister for Sport announced $271.55 million funding for stage three. Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment aims to bring the precinct together to elevate the profile of the Australian Open and ensure the event is secure in Melbourne until 2036.
The central precinct is the main element of Stage 3 and includes:
- A new multipurpose Show Court Arena;
- A new 1000 seat Function and Media Centre including function rooms, pre-event spaces, interview rooms, a 200-seat auditorium and broadcast studios;
- A Central Logistics Hub including Central Kitchen and Central Loading Dock; and
- Completion of the Front of House public spaces and Back of House functions’ separation.
Additional works that are being delivered as part of stage three include:
- North Match Courts – two new match courts
In November 2017 Development Victoria appointed NH Architecture and Snohetta to lead the design team for stage three of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, alongside AECOM as structural engineers and Aurecon as services engineers.
In early 2019 Lendlease was appointed the managing contractor to deliver the works.
The old Function and Media Centre was demolished in early 2019 and major construction has started. Design Update
Development Victoria is hosting a drop-in information session for the community to speak to experts about the final design of the project.