WATCH: Crown Sydney ‘tops out’ ahead of schedule

Crown Resorts has capped four years of construction at One Barangaroo with the ‘topping out’ of the building, marking the completion of vertical construction for the hotel resort and residences.

The 275-metre building was designed by world-renowned architects WilkinsonEyre and is set to change the city’s skyline, as well as create more than 2,000 jobs in New South Wales.

Traditionally, the completion of vertical construction on a major building is celebrated with a large ceremony.

However, on Friday, Crown celebrated with a more subdued affair due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, marked by a short site visit by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet MP.

Joining Treasure Perrottet were Crown chair Helen Coonan, CEO Ken Barton, and executive vice president of strategy and development Todd Nisbet, along with Lendlease boss Steve McCann.

“Today marks a special moment in Crown’s history which hopefully can also be a part of a new, positive outlook for Sydney after months of unprecedented challenges for many in our community,” Coonan said.

“This building was designed to be a tribute to Sydney and a landmark recognised around the world.

“Today, we celebrate the completion of our final floor in the tower, putting us well and truly on the path to the completion.”

Once complete, McCann said the transformation of Barangaroo from a disused industrial site to world-class urbanisation precinct would deliver a “once-in-a-generation” integrated residential, office, entertainment, transport, and leisure destination.

“I’d like to acknowledge the tremendous effort of our workforce who have safely delivered more than four million hours of work to date, and where 97 per cent of the tradespeople on the project are employed by local businesses,” he said.

Crown Sydney will open its 349-room hotel in December 2020, alongside 14 restaurants and bars, and select retail. Homeowners at Crown Residences at One Barangaroo, located in the upper floors of the building, are on schedule to move into the building in the first half of 2021.

Crown said the continuation of the construction industry in NSW had enabled the site to keep over 1,300 workers employed daily, with almost four million hours of work having taken place during the construction phase.

Over 1,300 people will continue to work on the interior fit-out of Crown Sydney throughout the remainder of 2020, with more than 2,000 jobs on offer when the property opens, according to Barton.