Part of the challenge faced by Power On has been to create and provide a multi-utility infrastructure that is simultaneously fit for purpose, meets the requisite high standards of the site, and yet is invisible to the eye.
This project to build One Thames City, which began in 2018, was completed and saw the first occupations in early 2022. The site, in prestigious SW8, commands the environment from its three tall apartment buildings with their pared-back, minimalist design. The entire focus within is upon luxury. At external ground level, the attention given to green, park-like spaces, reflects the developer’s commitment to creating relaxing surroundings for residents to enjoy.
Taking note of a range of complexities both on- and off-site, Power On found solutions to such problems as the positioning of subterranean meter positions, the off-site works involving Nine Elms Lane, and the site’s proximity to the US Embassy.
The long-standing relationship with Power On based upon the latter’s quality of delivery of electricity networks to sites, and the way Power On engaged in the consultative sales process from the outset, inspired confidence in the developer that the multi-utilities’ contract would be fulfilled to a high standard.
R&F Properties recognised the value of saved time and budget by using a single utility partner offering a multi-utility service. Moreover, Power On organised a co-ordinated programme of works across and around the site, communicating clearly with the Adopter and the Main Contractor via Power On’s dedicated onsite project manager. Access to the project management team 24/7 has made for flexibility, speed of communication and response, whilst the contract arrangements have ensured price certainty. R&F Properties has also been relieved by Power On’s parent company, BUUK, of all the administration related to gaining the necessary utilities licences for the project.
Peter Buckley, Construction Director for R&F Properties, is clear about the benefits he has found in working with Power On at Thames City: “I would say the single biggest benefit has been direct 24/7 contacts in each of the utility disciplines, and with having Director contact details for those times when we had any urgent challenges. This personal approach to utilities is not something I have experienced before and if something is urgent, knowing it will be dealt with immediately is refreshing when compared with other utility providers.”