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Barangaroo: $2.2bn Crown Tower Sydney investigated for water leak less than a year after construction

Crown Tower Sydney has discovered a water leak in its basement. Photo: Crown Sydney.

By DANIEL LO SURDO

Crown Tower Sydney has discovered a water leak in its basement as the building marks another troubling chapter in their Barangaroo development.

The leak is being investigated internally by the builder Lendlease, who is working to determine whether groundwater is seeping into the structure at Barangaroo.

Crown maintained that the leak carried no impact on residents and that the issue was already being rectified.

The leak comes as another chapter in the Crown Tower’s controversial occupancy in Barangaroo.

In 2013, the NSW Government formed an agreement with Crown after delivering an unsolicited proposal for the $2.2 billion mutli-use tower, with construction beginning three years later.

The tower includes a 350-room hotel, 82 luxury residences, multiple bars and restaurants, while also boasting a casino that has drawn particular controversy in recent months.

The State’s Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority subjected Crown to a probe investigating the operator’s suitability to hold a gaming licence at its Barangaroo Tower. Two subsidiary bank accounts linked to money laundering found the gambling giant unequipped for a gaming licence.

However, since agreeing to adopt a cashless gaming model, Crown are now able to open the high-roller venue by year’s end.

Crown Sydney is the tallest tower in Sydney, with the structure reaching 271 metres above ground.

The leak stands as another chapter in a disturbed period of construction for Crown and operator Lend Lease, who opened their doors to public use last year.

Lend Lease last year offered to repair or buy back homes in the Jordan Springs East site in Sydney’s west, with the estate found to have been built on landfill, with about 90 homes adversely affected by structural issues.

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