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(Sydney, Australia) Thursday November 23, 2017 – Australia’s tallest manmade waterfall to soon begin construction after testing completed this month.

Referred to as the Manhattan of Sydney, the thriving Sydney-suburb of Waterloo is about to experience a green revolution as a new four-tower development brings nature back to the city with the construction of a seven-storey waterfall.

The $400-million development Waterfall by Crown Group under-construction at 18 O’Dea Avenue is already popular with Sydney families wanting to live close to the city after a successful sales launch in June.

Designed by award-winning Sydney-based architects SJB, Waterfall by Crown Group will comprise 331-apartments across three seven-storey buildings and an iconic 20-storey sculptural tower overlooking lush, tropical landscaping and a beautiful water garden.

Waterfall by Crown Group was designed to create an urban oasis and a sense of escape from the hustle and bustle, bring nature back to the city.

Although construction of the waterfall itself has not begun, a full-scale prototype was tested last week to select the desired weir for water to flow from.

Crown Group and a team of experts tested four different types of waterfall weirs (Piano Keys Weir, Radius Weir, Wave Weir and Saw Tooth Weir) to see which one is both visually pleasing whilst passing all the construction tests. During testing the team altered the type of weir and also the volume of water coming over the edge.

Testing of weirs helped to refine the design and the optimum flow rate of water. Tests were also carried out on the blade walls surrounding the waterfalls which will contain the drift of the spray.

Four weirs will be used in total, creating four separate waterfalls at varying heights up the building. Wind monitors will also be installed to monitor wind speeds which may then vary the volume of water being discharged and which would allow some waterfalls to be switched off in periods of high wind.

Crown Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pierre Abrahamse said the tests helped to extract valuable data for the design and construction teams.

“Crown Group is committed to quality control and is committed to ensuring quality control of the installation of the waterfall,” Mr Abrahamse said.

“These tests investigated all the future operational aspects of the design and help to ensure that operation and maintenance is simple into the future,” he added.

After the tests were complete, National Construction Director Craig Elgie said he was pleased with the result.

“The tests were successful in gathering information on many aspects such as water volumes, water trajectory and the performance of the various types of weirs. Based on the result we will make some minor adjustments to the design so we can begin construction of the final waterfall,” Mr Elgie said.

“To conduct these tests and finalise the design we drew on the expertise of an international waterfall consultant who worked closely with our National Services Design Manager Phillip Newman to analyse the hydraulic performance of the waterfall,” he added.

The final waterfall will be positioned on an exterior wall of one of four buildings in the development complex.

Set to be completed in 2020, the project will include public art by Mika Utzon Popov, grandson of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon, in the form of a large-scale artwork.

An early indication of the popularity of the project, more than 2000 people attended a star-studded unveiling of the development’s design at Royal Hall of Industries, in Sydney in May.

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About Crown Group
Crown Group Holdings (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group specialising in property development, property investment and serviced apartments.
The company was co-founded by architect Mr Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr. Paul Sathio with its first project in 1996.
Iwan Sunito graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Construction Management from University of NSW. In 1993 Iwan became a Registered Architect in NSW and was awarded the UNSW Eric Daniels award for excellence in residential design.
In recent years Iwan received a number of awards including Indonesia’s Property & Bank Magazine Golden Leadership Award 2013, the 2013 Congress of Indonesian Diaspora Entrepreneur award and named a winner in the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Iwan Sunito was also named Urban Taskforce Australia’s 2015 Property Person of the Year.
Paul Sathio graduated with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Masters of Engineering Science from University of NSW. Paul has more than two decades’ experience in the construction and development industry.

Past and recent projects
Since the company was founded in 1996, Crown Group has successfully completed major developments in Sydney’s best locations including Bondi, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Ashfield, Epping, Homebush, Newington, Pennant Hills and Rhodes and most recently Skye by Crown Group in North Sydney. Today, Crown Group boasts a large portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and is currently developing three major projects; Infinity by Crown Group in Green Square, Arc by Crown Group in the heart of Sydney and Waterfall by Crown Group in Waterloo.

Crown Group has been awarded more than 20 high-profile industry awards including the 2016 International Property Awards Best Residential High Rise Architecture Australia for V by Crown Group Parramatta, 2015 Master Builders Australia (MBA) NSW Excellence in Construction Awards for Viking by Crown Group Waterloo and 2014 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW President’s award – considered one of the highest property development accolades in Australia – for the seven-tower, resort-style development Top Ryde City Living.
Top Ryde City Living was also named best High-Density Development in Australia at the UDIA awards for excellence 2014 and a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2013. Crown Group’s innovative, waterfront development Sanctum by Crown was awarded a Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2012 and its hugely-successful ICON at Homebush was awarded HIA’s (Housing Industry Association) CSR Housing Awards 2007 Apartment Project of the Year.

Skye Hotel Suites
Crown Group launched its first Skye Hotel Suites in Parramatta in August 2017 with a second hotel to open in Sydney CBD in mid-2018.

Future launches
Crown Group will launch new projects in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Melbourne in 2018.

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