The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has recommended the proposed Wilkinson Eyre-designed Crown tower at Barangaroo South for approval, despite the fact that the development appears to have largely ignored the Department’s previous draft recommendations.
The Department’s earlier draft recommendations included trimming the tower’s podium to reduce the impact of the building on public space. It also recommended the building be set back a further 10 metres from the waterfront to maintain the continuity of the public promenade.
In a report to the department handed down in November 2015, the Barangaroo Design Advisory Panel (BDAP), comprising Peter Poulet, Meredith Sussex and Shelley Penn, also recommended, “further adjustment of the building footprint to create a more generous public domain along the foreshore.”
Crown Resorts refused to reduce the size of the podium, stating that “a reduction […] would be fatal to the project” and that it “would have a major impact on the scale, economic and financial viability of the VIP gaming facility in the podium and therefore the future of this project.” […]