June Construction News
MinterEllisonRuddWatts in the Market
MinterEllisonRuddWatts host second thought leadership seminar on “Who is leading our projects? Governance, management, and the engineer”
Our Construction Team hosted the second event of our Thought Leadership programme for 2019 partners Janine Stewart and Mark Crosbie alongside guest speakers Jeremy Hay (RCP) and Simon Barnes (Barnes Beagley Doherr Ltd) where we examined issues in relation to project governance, management and administration, and specifically looked at:
- The project framework for project governance, management and administration;
- Current issues in project governance, management and administration;
- The role of the Engineer-to-the-contract as an interface between the project teams; and
- Building on the lessons of the past.
The seminar was well attended by a diverse range of market participants.
For a summary of the key take outs from the thought leadership seminar, view here.
Invitation to participate in Adjudication Survey commissioned by MinterEllisonRuddWatts – more details to come
In the coming few weeks we will be inviting you to participate in a short survey on experiences and perceptions of the adjudication regime in the construction sector, and whether the disputes regime is ‘fit for purpose’. Results from the survey will be discussed at our thought leadership seminar on construction disputes, which will be held in late August.
Further details on how to participate in the survey and the upcoming thought leadership seminar will be included in our July Bulletin.
Invercargill’s multi-million dollar CBD makeover gets a green light
A multi-million dollar proposal to demolish an Invercargill central city block to make way for a retail and office development has been approved. The Resource Management Commissioners were satisfied that the proposal would create new opportunities for locals, and would rescue the CBD from its “current trajectory of decline.” The retail and entertainment hub will include a new medical centre, a seven storey hotel and 850 new parking spaces. The consent was granted with a number of special conditions, including the preservation of heritage sites such as the Bank of New South Wales.
Summerset announces further retirement villages in Cambridge and Whangarei
Summerset, New Zealand’s second largest retirement village operator, has bolstered what is already a strong period of growth in the sector with an announcement of $300 million worth of retirement village developments. This is in addition to their announcement earlier this year totalling $250 million, bringing the total number of developments in the pipeline to twelve. Each construction project will also create over 300 new jobs at each site. Ryman Healthcare and Arvida have also recently revealed large scale developments across the country.
Auckland Council pushes for improved accessibility to new residential dwellings
Auckland Council has put forward a submission calling for universal design standards in all new residential buildings, as part of the first government review of the Building Act 2004 (Act). This comes in the wake of the Council’s Disability Advisory Panel voicing concerns over the lack of accessible housing for disabled people in Auckland. At present, only 2% of the national housing stock is accessible. Auckland Council has previously tried to implement a similar standard in the 2016 Unitary Plan, but it was removed on the basis that it would conflict with the Act.
The “Wellbeing Budget” – what’s in it for the construction industry?
The recent Budget announcement has committed large sums of money to a number of sectors in an attempt to transform the economy. Almost $200 million has been set aside for vocational training reform to boost apprenticeships, along with substantial capital investments to revitalise schools and hospitals.
What role can the construction industry play in cutting Auckland’s carbon emissions?
The New Zealand Green Building Council has recently proposed a range of new measures to Auckland Council to incentivise the development of more green buildings. Materials such as concrete and steel generate massive amounts of carbon in the atmosphere, and poor insulation standards result in many burning fossil fuels to heat their homes. Auckland Council has been challenged to provide incentives such as reduced consent fees or more flexibility to entice developers into constructing more sustainable buildings. Both Wellington and Hamilton City Council’s currently make such allowances. Penny Hulse, chairwoman of Auckland Council’s environment committee, is “supportive of the Council examining opportunities to implement these initiatives”.
Phil Goff calls for “radical” reform to the Building Act and Code
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is seeking urgent and radical change to the Building Act and Code, along with greater assurance to members of the public that all works carried out will be to a high standard. In particular, a centralised product register, compulsory licensed practice certificates, and a compulsory insurance and warranty scheme have been recommended to tighten the rules and ensure the industry produces high standard homes moving forward.