Hickory Group engage ICN Victoria in preparation of AIP Plan for clean energy development

The Holiday Inn Express Southbank, developed by Pro-Invest Group, received a $39 million grant for its clean energy design. Hickory Group, the head contractor, engaged ICN Victoria to assist in promoting full, fair and reasonable opportunity to local industry. As part of the initial process, ICN Victoria hosted a Gateway Project page with several customised Work Packages.

The new Holiday Inn Express Southbank, set for completion in September, is a 23-level mixed-use development, comprising of a hotel with retail and office spaces.

The $125 million development features ground floor retail, 3 levels of above ground car parking, 3 levels of offices, and 345 hotel rooms spanning levels 8 to 22. An internal plant and art filled public laneway connects City Road through to Fawkner Street at the rear.

The project retains the original 1930s City Road façade, yet employs a fundamentally modern mindset, placing environmental sustainability at the forefront of its design and construction.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which invests in clean energy projects on behalf of the Australian Government, granted $39 million to developer Pro-Invest Group to further assist its aims in achieving a 5-star NABERS Energy Rating.

“Whilst hotels are traditionally high energy consumers,” CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said, “the project’s energy efficient design will result in a 25 per cent drop in the hotel’s energy use, delivering a substantial energy saving that will provide ongoing benefits for the hotel, carbon-conscious guests and for the environment.”

As a result of the grant, Hickory Group were required to submit an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plan. AIP Plans outline the actions that will be undertaken to provide full, fair and reasonable opportunity to Australian industry.

Hickory Group engaged ICN Victoria to assist with their submission of the AIP Plan. This was the first time that an AIP Plan was produced and submitted directly online.

As part of the initial process, Hickory Group utilised an ICN Gateway Project Page with several customised Work Packages, enabling Hickory to engage local suppliers and subcontractors for their consideration in tendering.

ICN Victoria’s assistance and the Gateway Project Page was included in the AIP Plan.

ICN Victoria provides continued support to Hickory Group and will likely assist with AIP Plan outcome reporting following the project’s completion.