After being asked to temporarily suspend all building work almost three weeks ago, Asian casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited has now reportedly resumed construction of the $1 billion Morpheus hotel tower for its City of Dreams Macau development.
According to a report from GGRAsia, Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited was asked by Macau’s Labour Affairs Bureau to stop all work on the project so that it could carry out an investigation into the July 14 death on the development’s 30th floor of a 33-year-old construction worker from mainland China.
“The Labour Affairs Bureau has issued the immediate suspension of all works at the construction site in order to protect the safety of other workers and ordered the contractor to immediately review the current occupational health and safety procedures and submit a detailed report of investigation,” read a July 19 statement from the Labour Affairs Bureau.
However, yesterday reportedly saw Hong Kong-listed Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited declare that these investigations have now been completed to the satisfaction of the Labour Affairs Bureau and that it has resumed construction. The firm, which was known as Melco Crown Entertainment Limited until an early-April name-change, purportedly explained that Morpheus remains on schedule to open during the first half of 2018 offering 780 rooms along with suites, duplex villas and “sky villas”.
Designed by late Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the five-star Morpheus hotel tower is additionally set to feature a high-speed elevator that will transport visitors to an observation deck for views of the interior atrium. Moreover, last week reportedly saw Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited, state that the firm is hoping to bring in at least 50 gaming tables.
“We see Morpheus as a massive catalyst to launch City of Dreams Macau 2.0,” Ho told G3 Newswire. “Within the property we can easily house 50-plus tables. City of Dreams Macau next year is going to feel like a brand new property. There will be dedicated gaming space within Morpheus at various levels. We are going to have 50-plus tables.”