May Construction News

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Travis Tomlinson, a senior associate from our team, will be presenting at the Conferenz NZ Construction and Civil Industries Summit on 20 June. The summit will be held over two days and Travis will be presenting on the topic of Early Contractor Involvement. For more information click here.

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Proposed $26 billion “Build-it” budget set to help Auckland

Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff, is currently in the process of seeking final approval for a $26 billion budget which would see large scale investment into tackling traffic congestion, protecting the environment, and supporting sports and recreation facilities. The 10-year budget would require a rates increase of 2.5% for the first two years, and 3.5% for the years thereafter.

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$180m Metlifecare village for East Auckland

Glen Sowry, CEO of Metlifecare, has announced that the company is planning on establishing a new retirement village in East Auckland, at a cost of $28 million. The village will include over 200 independent living units. Design and consenting work is set to start immediately.

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Concern over quality of checks of steel used in New Zealand’s tallest residential skyscraper

A steel quality expert has expressed concern over whether quality control is tight enough around thousands of tonnes of Chinese steel going in to New Zealand’s tallest residential skyscraper, Seascape Apartments. Auckland Council has recently put in more checks and balances on structural steel supply and tighter nationwide requirements around structural steel are coming into force in July under changes by MBIE to outdated parts of the Building Code.

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Skilled construction worker shortage leads to increase in approved visas for Chinese workers

Immigration New Zealand has approved visas for 138 Chinese workers to assist in the construction of a major hotel on Auckland’s waterfront. Immigration New Zealand was satisfied that the construction company, Auckland Fitout Limited, had been unable to find local workers to fulfil the roles which include painting, tiling, carpet laying and welding.

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Project backers spurred on by Christchurch red zone proposals

Regenerate Christchurch has released a shortlist of possible uses for the red zone. Groups vying for space are impressed with proposals for how the 602-hectare red zone land might be used, and the Government has confirmed a $300 million rebuild fund in the budget.

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Fletcher Building to announce new Auckland house-building factor next month

Fletcher Building is to announce details of a new fast house-building Auckland panelisation factory next month following its two-houses-in-four days video last year at Hobsonville Point.

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Grenfell review: Combustible cladding shouldn’t have been used

Dozens of London high-rise buildings have since been found to have cladding that could pose a fire safety risk. The UK government is to spend £400 million on replacing unsafe cladding on public high-rise blocks.

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