September Construction News

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Push to redevelop on former Christchurch Women’s Hospital site

The former hospital owned by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), which was demolished in 2009, sits on 2.3 hectares of land with a rateable value of more than $8 million. There is a push for CDHB to sell the site if it does not have plans to use it as a health facility in the future, as the inner-city location of the site and its proximity to transport, make it an ideal location for affordable housing.

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Subcontractors to be paid on troubled Housing New Zealand job

Housing New Zealand is working hard to ensure subcontractors are directly paid all money owing to them following the collapse of the Stanley and Tallwood Group on 5 September 2019. Subcontractors have spoken out against unfair clauses and payment terms in certain contracts which they are engaged on in government projects and are urging the Government to action a review. A lack of protection for subcontractors is an industry wide issue.

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Construction underway on Christchurch’s metro sports facility

On 24 September, two hundred truckloads of concrete were poured to form the foundations of Christchurch’s metro sports facility. The facility will be one of the largest projects in central Christchurch, expecting to cover the area of two rugby fields. It will include a 10-lane, 50-metre pool with 1000 seats for spectators, a 20m by 25m diving pool, five hydroslides, several indoor courts for various sports, and several other training facilities. The facility is due to open in late 2021.

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$92.7 million, Turanga central, Christchurch library is the recipient of a building technology award

The Turanga library that opened almost one year ago, has been awarded the over $50 million project category in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) awards for its use of BIM building technology. Using BIM technology, a virtual model of the building is first created before the building is physically built. BIM has been around for over 20 years. These new awards are designed to encourage alternative thinking and the use of BIM technology in the industry.

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Builders are frustrated with regulatory processes

A survey by the Registered Master Builders Association revealed the areas in the construction industry that are in most need of improvement are regulation, followed by business performance, and skills. Changes are being called to streamline and give greater certainty to regulatory processes, as the industry has lost confidence in the building consent process and the processes under the Building Act and the Resource Management Act.

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Building work continues on the rise

Increased building work since early 2019 is set to continue to strongly grow in Auckland with highs for consents for non-residential buildings comparable to New Zealand’s previous building boom in 2008. Construction cost inflation has also eased in Auckland along with Christchurch and Wellington due to the flood of resources which has increased the supply of labour and competition.

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Site for new Christchurch hotel confirmed

Hotel Grand Chancellor, which lost what was Christchurch’s tallest building following the earthquakes, has confirmed rebuild plans of a six-storey hotel on its new 1,300 sqm site on the corner of Armagh and Manchester streets. The hotel will have approximately 140 to 150 rooms with a 4 to 4.5-star rating.

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