Crown Sydney has topped out, reaching the vertical limits of the 272-meter-high hotel resort and residences at One Barangaroo.
After four years of construction, Crown Resorts is preparing to open the 349-room hotel in December 2020, alongside 14 restaurants and bars, and selected retail.
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Homeowners at Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, located in the upper floors of the building, were also on schedule to move into the building in the first half of 2021.
To finalize the build, more than 1,300 people will continue to work on the interior fit-out of Crown Sydney throughout the remainder of 2020.
The tower was designed by London-based firm WilkinsonEyre, and interiors by Meyer Davis, a New York firm that specializes in hotels and restaurants.
One Barangaroo recorded 12 sales over AU$20 million (US$13.3 million) by February 2020, including purchases by Crown Resorts’ largest shareholder James Packer and veteran venture capitalist Bob Blann.
Despite the building’s stature, the vertical milestone was celebrated with a relatively subdued event due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It was instead marked by a short site visit by the New South Wales (NSW) treasurer Dominic Perrottet, alongside Crown’s chair Helen Coonan, CEO Ken Barton, and executive vice president Todd Nisbet, as well as Lendlease CEO and managing director Steve McCann.
Barton said they were celebrating the start of a new future, following unprecedented challenges for the community.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented Crown with many challenges and has required us to make some difficult decisions,” Barton said.
“We are grateful for the NSW government’s decision to keep the construction industry open.
“Not only has this supported over 1,300 jobs at our site at a time of great economic uncertainty, it also keeps us on track to provide over 2,000 more jobs when we open.”
Almost 4 million hours of work took place during the construction phase in total, including the installation of 10,000 glass panels, of which 80 per cent were uniquely dimensioned.
More than 237,000 metric tons of concrete was poured, 20,000 metric tons of steel reinforcement and steel structure were put in place, and 220,000 metric tons of contaminated material was remediated.
By the end of fit-out, there are expected to be 50 different types of marble and stone used throughout the building, crystal light installations, 1,800 artworks, and more than 50,000 shrubs and 300 trees in place.
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