Great results achieved for Lendlease Communities

Our strong relationships with Powercor along with innovative thinking by our project managers helped us deliver a huge 26 Statements of Compliance for Lendlease’s Atherstone development in 2019.

Powerplant’s Major Development Management services were instrumental in achieving these SOC’s as the majority of the stages were constructed concurrently. Regular strategic meetings with Powercor were held to ensure they were engaged and informed on stage progress. As always, mitigating risk to the client’s works schedule was the focus of our PM approach and we were able to implement some innovative strategies with our contractors to deliver compliance on time.  Powerplant has now implemented these and other outcomes from our URD Customer Improvement Program into our standard business process for the benefit of all customers.

The 481-hectare Atherstone Estate development 40km west of the Melbourne CBD has space for 4,500 homes and will house a population of 15,000, serviced by a new train station and retail and commercial areas.

Design & PM for M80 upgrade

We have successfully completed the first stage of a 66kV underground design for Major Road Projects Victoria’s M80 upgrade works. The complex design requires a staged approach due to existing site conditions and to ensure construction is practical and feasible. We have also been engaged for project management through the head constructor CPB.

The M80 Ring Road upgrade will widen and realign the freeway, widen on and off ramps and install a new smart freeway management system along 38km of road from Laverton North to Greensborough.

Project management consultancy

Our project management capability is growing – we now have 15 PMs accredited with Victorian distribution networks and 13 currently completing AIPM competency training. We also have project managers supporting Victorian Utilities in an embedded capacity.

Our leadership team includes several accredited project managers. General managers Jason Southby (Delivery) and Jean Gaied (Projects) are both AIPM accredited (Program Director), with extensive experience managing complex projects throughout their careers. Their PM experience includes AMI rollout, defence force projects and new technology.

We offer project management contracting services for any project – URD, lighting, asset relocation and customer networks – and can provide a solution where resourcing limitations, capacity or time constraints are hampering delivery of your project.


Sports field Lighting

We are currently working on lighting designs for five sports ovals as part of Banyule City Council’s asset work programs. The design will include a sophisticated control system controlling 1500w Philips Optivision LED luminaires.

We also have capability to design lighting for recreational parks, building facades, public areas, car parks, forecourts, station platforms, structure illumination and any other architectural/feature lighting installations, including associated feature lighting required POS on VESI or AS3000 networks.

We are always happy to discuss how we can contribute to your project with feature lighting so please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss.

Evans RD Level Crossing – Lighting Design

We continue to provide our services to the Level Crossing Removal Project, designing lighting for the level crossing removal at Evans Rd, Lyndhurst, one of nine crossings we are engaged to work on. This design is particularly complex, requiring cables to be designed through barriers, lighting poles mounted on barriers and conduits cast into the concrete barriers.

Evans Road has been closed at the level crossing since 2005 for community safety. Removing the level crossing will provide significant benefits to the community, including restoring local connections and access to important services, such as shops and schools.

We’re expanding into private HV electrical networks

We are excited to announce that Powerplant will be expanding into customer networks. This month we will grow our services to include consulting, design and project management to owners of private high voltage networks. By offering these services alongside our current solutions for electrical assets owned by distribution networks, we can provide a total solution to owners of private high voltage networks throughout Australia.

The customer networks team will be led by Richard Twisk, who has extensive industry experience including expertise in AS3000 and AS2067 projects. Richard spent time as an executive general manager at South Australia Power Networks, general manager asset management at Jemena and as chief executive of UCS. Until recently he ran New Energy Networks, providing customer network consulting services to owners of private networks. Richard is integral to our expansion into this market and we are very pleased to welcome him to Powerplant.

Richard is available now and looking forward to talking to potential customers. Feel free to contact Richard via email or through our office on 03 8786 1666.

Celebrating harmony

We love the diversity of our Powerplant team – our global culture is part of what makes us strong as a business. This Harmony Week we celebrated where we come from with lunchtime sessions led by our Director, Greg, who interviewed team members from a different part of the world each day.

Some highlights included fabulous examples of national dress from Iran, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nepal and even a special nod to Tasmania.

It was wonderful to feel and see the pride we all have in our backgrounds, and the genuine interest we have in learning about each other. Not only does developing a better understanding of cultures and perspectives different to our own make our workplace a more interesting environment for everyone, it strengthens communication within our team and with our customers.