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Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, Melbourne

"We found the Grocon approach on this extremely demanding project to be outstanding, achieving the task in the most professional, competent and practical manner...The project is a credit to Grocon"

Owen Martin, Principal, Connell Wagner

The Crown Entertainment Complex at Melbourne's Southbank is Victoria's first casino and entertainment complex and Australia's largest. Stretching over five city blocks along the Yarra River, the complex has changed the face of Melbourne and moved the centre of the city southwards.

The complex comprises the Crown Casino with themed gaming areas and a ballroom that accommodates up to 3000 people. There is a 20-storey, 500-room, five-star hotel, conference facilities, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes, a cinema complex, a two hectare rooftop garden, boutique retail stores, a promenade deck and an underground car park with 5400 spaces.

The Crown complex is both elegant and extroverted. Eight 10-metre high structures are the source of a spectacular pyrotechnic display which shoots natural gas fireballs into the atmosphere at regular intervals.

The $1.6 billion project built by Grocon was completed in 1998. Built on silty riverbeds south of the Yarra, the Crown Complex was a difficult job that required a variety of construction methods to erect a range of structures – from towers and promenades to car parks and bridges. At times there were up to a dozen cranes working on the site at once and the project employed a total workforce of 10,000 people, including Grollo permanent workers and sub-contractors.

The hard work paid off. In 1998 the Grollos proudly received the Master Builder of the Year Award.

Grollo Property

  • Casino, hotel, retail, dining and entertainment areas

  • Project stretches 567 metres along the south bank of the Yarra River

  • Kingsway overpass runs through the complex

  • More than 5400 underground car parking spaces

  • Took 700 days to complete

  • Employed 10,000 workers over the duration of the project

  • Project value: $1.6 billion