China – Wynn Palace to bloom in CotaiBy Phil - 31 July 2013
Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn is relying on flower power to make his latest US$4bn Macau resort; Wynn Palace, bloom into a must-see project on the ever competitive Cotai Strip.
Mr. Wynn, who has been keen to use natural elements such as waterfalls, greenery and flowers in some of his previous casino designs said that the floral theme would see colourful floats adorning the new resort allowing its design to change on a monthly basis.
Mr. Wynn explained: “Our resorts have always had a special public entertainment piece with an erupting volcano, a pirate ship battle and dancing waters. The theme of this new resort is flowers, floral things. The use of flowers, of water and natural light has been taken to a new level for our company. I feel sanguine and comfortable about being here [in Macau] and plan on being here a lot longer.”
Wynn Palace will be the first stop on Macau’s new light-rail system joining the Cotai ferry landing with the strip of Las Vegas-esque resort casinos.
Mr. Wynn said his latest project would follow some of the principals made so popular in the design of the Bellagio with a lake at the front entrance graced with restaurants. An aerial tram system will boast gondolas looking like smoke-breathing dragons to transport customers from the light-rail station to the 2,000-room hotel whilst flower designs will include hot-air balloons and gardens elevated on pedestals.
The aim is to open the property before Chinese New Year 2016, during the second week of February.
Leighton Asia, India and Offshore Group (LAIO), has secured a A$2.8bn contract to design and build this latest luxury, integrated, hotel resort in Macau.
The hotel and casino resort occupies a site on the reclaimed land between the Macau islands of Taipa and Coloane known as the Cotai Strip. The project includes the construction of a luxury hotel and a mixed-use podium comprising gaming, dining, retail and convention facilities and numerous specialist attractions.
The resort site covers a construction floor area of more than 450,000 square metres.
Leighton Holding’s Chief Executive Officer, Hamish Tyrwhitt, said, “Leighton and Wynn Resorts have developed a strong working relationship over the past decade. This award demonstrates the client’s confidence in our ability to deliver this prestigious new resort.”
Ian Edwards, Managing Director of Leighton Asia, India and Offshore added: “I am delighted with the award of the Wynn Cotai project. The exciting venture represents LAIO’s largest value contract to date. It demonstrates our ability to fully understand clients’ needs through fostering a long-term partnership approach and further endorses our solid track record and comprehensive building and project management expertise.”
Site preparation and piling works are already well advanced.