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East Central Tower 820 Whitehorse Road achieves Practical Completion

APP is excited to announce that East Central Tower, 820 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill achieved Practical Completion. A great success story on a landmark project for our client, Longriver and for APP. The Wurundjeri-Balluk Tribe are the traditional custodians of the land on which the project is located and is situated on Namenarren or Nunawading land.
820 Whitehorse Road Box Hill

APP was the first consultant appointed on this project of 275 residential apartments, over five years ago. We procured the entire design team, led by award winning Fender Katsalidis and included Stantec, BG&E, Tract, Ratio, Urbis, Gardner Group, David Lock & Assoc, Veris, and VIPAC.

APP was responsible for converting the client’s one-line brief (20,000m2 net sellable area of apartments) into a detailed design brief. We worked closely with the team to maximise the developable envelope of the building, involving a shadow study to determine the maximum height the team could design the building without overshadowing nearby houses. In this phase we were responsible for challenging the design team to balance ambition with responsibility – for example giving away some envelope to improve floorplate efficiency, and therefore reducing construction cost.

Following the planning permit (DA) approval, we refined and developed the design in preparation for the marketing phase for off-the-plan sales. APP’s understanding of the commercial relationship between design, (eventual) building contract, planning permit, and contracts of sale was critical here.

The Design and Construction (D&C) phase that followed was a competitive tender, with several rounds of repricing due to an aggressive target construction price. Hickory was appointed as the preferred head contractor under a pre-contract/ Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) arrangement to further refine the design and constructability to reach the target price. This resulted in the need to capture and document multiple scope adjustments and provisional sums between the tender offering and the Contract in our revised Principal’s Project Requirements (PPR) – a key skill in D&C contracting our clients rely on us for.

In addition to the initial scope, APP was engaged to manage the design and construction of the display suite with project architect Fender Katsalidis. This scope dovetailed in with our project review of marketing collateral (brochures, models, plans, schedules, renders) to ensure the building was a realistic representation of what was being sold to purchasers, and within the project budget.

The team’s close management on the commencement of activities, and identifying and resolving risks early, resulted in a relatively smooth construction phase over 26 months (except for the unexpected COVID related delays). 

This is a great achievement, with the new residents now settling into this landmark building in Box Hill.

The APP team was led by Scott O’Reilly with Josh Whiteley, Franco Di Iorio, and many others who worked on the project over the past five years.

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