Star City

This world class entertainment complex was built by Leighton Contractors in just 35 months.

Its size and complexity can be appreciated from the peak workforce employed of 2000 people and the maximum rate of expediture of $28 million a month.


Leighton Contractors was awarded an exclusive contract to build both the temporary and permanent casinos conditional upon the awarding of the casino licence to Sydney Harbour Casino. Leighton Properties were awarded a similiar agreement for development management of the project.

On 15 December 1994 the Casino Control Authority announced that Sydney Harbour Casino had been awarded a 99 year licence to operate NSW’s first casino for an exclusive period of 12 years.

Construction began immediately after the annoucement.

For the Leighton Group, the project provided approximately $710 million revenue for design and construction work of both the temporary and permanent casinos, as well as $100 million in development fees and fitout costs.

The $650 million permanent casino contract involved the construction of the permanent gaming facility, hotel, serviced apartments and the associated entertainment complex.

The project was one of the largest buildings in Australia.

The completed complex has an area of 220,000m2. 170,000m3 of material was excavated from the site. 110,000m3 of concrete was used along with 3,000 tonnes of structural steel.

The total area of the permanent casino site, which was situated within the precinct bounded by Pyrmont Street, Jones Bay Road, Pirrama Road and Edward Street, Pyrmont, is 3.34 hectares.