Crown Submits Sydney Plan

It’s been almost a year since James Packer’s Crown Resorts was approved to develop a VIP gaming resort at Sydney Harbor. Now the Australian operator has finally submitted plans for its $2 billion project, the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort (l.).

High rollers only, please

A year after Crown Resorts got the go-ahead to build its ultra-elite VIP casino resorts at Sydney Harbor, the company has released its plans for the development.

“Today is an extremely important milestone for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort,” said James Packer, Crown Resorts chairman and CEO in a statement. “Our latest application to the Department shows how much architectural work has gone into designing a building that will be recognized globally.”

Designed by British architects Wilkinson Eyre, the resort at Barangaroo will include a 350-room hotel, 25 luxury villas and 66 apartments, including a two-story penthouse and a three-story sky villa. The development will “rival luxury VIP casino facilities in Asia,” the company said; it estimates that only 5 percent of existing customers at Crown Melbourne would be eligible to access the VIP gaming amenities at the Sydney facility.

The property will also include high-end restaurants, bars and shops that are open to the hoi polloi.

The plan has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment, and must be approved by the state government. The public has until August 24 to comment on Crown Resorts’ submission.