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Upper West Side – A Project Profile

How does a developer get 15,5 Million KWh of power per annum to 2500 tenants without anyone blowing a fuse?

A new site test case on how to save money and deliver full utility services, on time, for Melbourne’s biggest and fastest selling apartment precinct.

Upper West Side a new CBD project by Far East Consortium.

About Upper West Side:
Far East Consortium is a successful international property development company with strong Australian presence. Far East Consortium has contributed significantly to the Melbourne skyline with landmark properties that include: Royal Domain Towers, St.Kilda; NorthBank inner-city apartments; and Flinders Wharf apartments.

Upper West Side is their latest and most ambitious new project yet. A huge success, selling 1300 apartments in a 12 month period.

The project includes 2500 apartments, a retail precinct and 1 acre of roof-top gardens, gyms and amenities, planned over 4 stages (towers).

The Challenge:
The size and planned roll-out of the development were challenges right from the start. Services and infrastructure needed to be planned from scratch, from the bottom right to the top, to be delivered on time, in planned stages and all at a competitive price.

For this dynamic project the developers were seeking a complete energy, telecoms and data supply from a company that had the developer knowledge, logistics and facilities management skills to match.

The AU Way:
With our signature – ‘consider it done’ – approach our proposal included:

  • A comprehensive site visit to review state of infrastructure
  • Report to UWS management, recommending a flexible Embedded Network (EN) solution
  • Roll-out recommendations and time-lines
  • A comprehensive, detailed report on ongoing service recommendation
  • Thorough cost analysis

The Solution:
Our recommended was an Embedded Network solution incorporating a customised electricity distribution network created purposefully for this multi-tenant building. The network effectively bands together tenants enabling a “buying group”. This allows AU to purchase utilities at a wholesale/bulk rate. The services are then on-sold to tenants at competitive retail rates. The network also allowes the Owners Corporation to take advantage of the wholesale rates, passing on the savings  to owners.

The Outcome:
AU was appointed to the contract based on our:

  • Own in-depth and hands-on developer knowledge and experience
  • Past construction experience
  • Known name and reputation in the construction industry
  • Dynamic and solution focussed approach
  • Attention to the minutest detail in dealing with multi-tenants, including our ability to report to tenants in their preferred languages
  • Knowledge and experience of the building contractor – Brookfield Multiplex
  • Our adaptability and ability to deliver services in a structured multi-phase plan
  • Our proven evidence on cost savings to the developer and tenants

AU is currently rolling out the third stage of this mammoth contract. So far everything has been delivered on time and budget.

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