Water leak in Crown’s Sydney Tower investigated less than a year after construction

A water leak was discovered in the casino tower on Sydney’s Crown Harbor side, less than a year after the $ 2.2 billion building was completed.

The 271-meter tower became Sydney’s tallest when it opened in December, but work is underway to fix the problem in its basement.

ABC News understands that part of the investigation is to determine if groundwater is seeping into the structure of Barangaroo.

A Crown spokesperson declined to discuss the nature of the leak, but said she was being handled by builder Lendlease.

“The Crown is aware of a certain amount of isolated water that has entered limited areas of the basement,” she said.

“There is no impact on residents and the problem is already being addressed by the builder as part of its finishing work.”

It is understood that work to rectify the problem on the lower level of the basement will begin shortly.

Lendlease declined to comment.

The water leaks represent another troubled chapter in the gaming giant’s controversial development in Sydney.

Construction on the multi-purpose tower began in 2016, after the NSW government signed a deal with Crown three years earlier following its unsolicited proposal.

The tower includes a 350-room hotel, 82 luxury residences, more than a dozen bars and restaurants, and a casino that has yet to be opened, pending a decision from the state’s gaming regulator.

Crown was the subject of a lengthy investigation, commissioned by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) of NSW, to see if it was still appropriate to own the gaming license at its Barangaroo site.

The investigation found that Crown operated two subsidiary bank accounts as part of its VIP gaming operations, which were later found to have facilitated money laundering.

The investigation ruled that the gaming giant was “unfit” to hold a gaming license, but since agreeing to adopt a cashless gaming model, it could open the big players site by then. end of the year.

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