Umow Lai has been engaged to provide sustainability and engineering services for 35 Spring Street, one of Melbourne’s newest landmark residential buildings.

“35 Spring Street is an exciting project to be involved with because it is a high quality residential development in an iconic location of Melbourne,”

Notes Andrew Oxley, a Director of Umow Lai who is leading their project team.

“Although we are a medium-sized consultancy, we have a great track record with large, high-end residential projects in Melbourne’s CBD, including the luxurious 150 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne. For this project, we are utilising our experience and expertise to provide a high level of service, including sustainable design.”

Sustainable elements include solar panels installed on the roof and rainwater collection. Some of the other features are LED lighting throughout apartments, lobbies and common areas and high efficiency water fitting fixtures.

The striking vertical and horizontal pattern of the facade of 35 Spring Street creates a woven veil over the surface of the building’s 44 levels. With commanding views over the adjacent Fitzroy gardens, it includes 270 quality residential apartments.

At ground level, a projecting glazed canopy along the spring Street frontage provides two well-defined entrances, including one into a public restaurant. Residents, who enter via a lobby situated on the comer of Spring Street and Flinders Lane, can use a gymnasium and 25 metre pool.

Umow Lai has been engaged by Cbus Property for 35 Spring Street and is working closely with the project team that includes Bates Smart architects.

Currently out to tender, 35 Spring Street is programmed for completion in 2017.


Andrew Oxley also led the firm’s team for two other massive residential city projects: Upper West Side, corner of Lonsdale and Spencer Streets, where fibre optic cables were provided for every one of the 2,700 apartments – a first for a project of this size in Australia, and 150 Clarendon Street.