Crown Sydney: A showcase of stainless steel excellence

Crown Sydney: A showcase of stainless steel excellence
Located at One Barangaroo Avenue on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and opened in 2022, Crown Sydney epitomises luxury with its opulent hotel, world-class casino, signature restaurants and top-shelf bars. At the heart of this luxury, stainless steel plays a crucial role, enhancing both the functionality and aesthetics of the resort. 

ASSDA Member and Accredited Fabricator Stoddart was instrumental in delivering a bespoke solution for 136 different food and beverage areas for Crown Sydney. They fabricated, supplied, and installed an extensive range of stainless steel commercial kitchen and food equipment. This included Halton ventilation exhaust hoods manufactured under license at their Karawatha workshop in Brisbane, along with Stoddart’s own range of custom-manufactured commercial kitchen equipment. Additionally, wash basins, work benches, counters, shelves, wall sheeting, and spine walls were fabricated and supplied to the resort.

Stainless steel is a versatile and attractive material offering corrosion and heat resistant properties. Its non-porous surface ensures it remains less reactive and does not affect the taste of food, making it the material of choice for commercial kitchens. These properties are essential in the hospitality industry, where the busiest areas demand high standards of hygiene, cleanliness, and durability. Stainless steel not only meets these standards but also boasts a long service life of over 20 years for food service equipment.

The project utilised over 107 tonnes of grade 304 stainless steel, comprising 4,993 linear metres of tube, 7,376 square metres of coil, and 859 flat sheets ranging from 1-2mm in thickness. All stainless steel used on the project (coil, tube, and flat sheet) was supplied by ASSDA Members Dalsteel Metals and Midway Metals.

TIG welding techniques were employed across the various goods and services provided, ensuring the strict requirements of food equipment manufacture were met. Important considerations such as correct surface finish, avoiding cross-contamination of materials, and maintaining hygiene and cleanability were all meticulously managed and addressed.

Stoddart’s expertise in stainless steel design and fabrication was critical in meeting the high standards expected in a luxury resort, dedicating over 26,000 hours of manufacturing to the project. Creating the bespoke and customised equipment and cabinetry demanded extensive effort from Stoddart’s R&D and design team, showcasing their exceptional dedication and innovation. The integration of mirror finish stainless steel into individual units contributed to the resort’s deluxe, luxurious feel.

The design and installation process presented significant challenges, requiring precise measures and delicate methods. However, the successful completion of the food and beverage areas showcases the seamless integration of stainless steel, quality, and luxury at Crown Sydney. 

This achievement underscored stainless steel's crucial role in creating spaces that not only meet functional needs but also elevate the overall aesthetic of high-end hospitality environments.

This article was featured in Australian Stainless Magazine 80 (2024).

Photo credit: Stoddart.



Lissel Pilcher