In a prime location on East India Dock Road, Aberfeldy Village is the transformation of a historic seven-acre site into a superb new community in East London by Poplar Harca and Prime Place (Willmott Dixon). When complete, there will be more than 1,000 homes together with a range of facilities including a community centre, health centre, retail space and a new public square. Designed by award-winning architects Levitt Bernstein, the apartments have an excellent specification, with terraces or balconies, offering sweeping views across Canary Wharf and the River Thames from the upper floors
The first homes were occupied in late 2014 and the works continue. Lighterman Point, the main building featured here is now fully occupied.
Data Energy’s role has been to implement a complex metering and billing strategy to allow for the recharge of heat supplied to the tenants. Working with the contractors towards the occupation point, Data Energy undertook extensive testing of the heat metering installation and the data logging processes to allow tenant level quarterly billing to be introduced.
Data Energy is currently billing over 300 flats and this is due to increase to over 500 by mid-2017. Data is collected on a quarterly basis, or as required via our network for regular billing and reporting. Collecting payments via direct debit, BACS and credit card has allowed the Managing Agent to concentrate on other key aspects of property management.
Data Energy is also developing a unique user portal iDE that allows managers and residents to access billing and consumption, and this is expected to go live in 2017. This promises to provide alerts to manager and tenants as required, in addition to the normal billing processes.
Data Energy were engaged to manage the heat metering and tenant billing for the development to ensure a workable solution was delivered by the contractors. As the development progresses, from the initial block of around 100 apartments Data Energy continues to provide us with support and guidance with the heat network as this development expands. They have provided a reliable and consistent service and, as we enter the next phase, Data Energy have brought online around 300 units so far. We expect another 200 unit to come on line in the next month. They have proved to be a responsive partner and key player to the longer term success of this heat network and how the residents are charged for their heat supply.
Ben Ffoulkes-Jones, Project Director, Prime Place Developments