May Construction News

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New construction and demolition waste services specification

An ecolabel specification for best-practice construction and demolition waste services is currently under development by the New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust.  With the initial draft due out in June, the specification will set down what construction and demolition waste producers and waste services providers will need to achieve to gain the Environmental Choice New Zealand ecolabel, which is an independently verified measure of “environmental preferability”.

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Surge in Auckland building activity

Auckland is experiencing an increase in building activity, with new home consents up 24 percent over the last 12 months. Auckland Council approves a building consent for construction to start on a new home when the project meets the regulations outlined in the Resource Management Act 1991 and Building Act 2004.

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Red tape and high costs are leading to building delays, new study reveals

In a new survey 80 per cent of building industry respondents said red tape was the biggest obstacle to consenting and building delays for the construction industry. The survey results have been made public as the Government commits to an industry accord with the construction sector following a wave of problems including high-profile building company collapses, poor-quality builds which led to households facing billions of dollars of leaky building repairs, and industry skills shortages.

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New design for Auckland Harbour Bridge shared path announced

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The new design for the long-awaited cycleway and walkway will provide a 5m-wide path flanking the Harbour Bridge's southbound traffic side, directly linking Westhaven to Northcote Point and connecting with the future SeaPath route to Takapuna. The project has suffered a series of setbacks since it received resource consent in November 2016, including Downer Construction pulling out from building it and the SkyPath Trust withdrawing support from the public-private partnership formed to build and toll it.

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Milestone reached as design advisors appointed for the Christchurch Cathedral rebuild

The Christchurch Cathedral rebuild has reached a “significant milestone” with the appointment of new engineers and architects. The Christchurch City Council announced on Wednesday that Holmes Consulting Limited Partnership would be the structural engineering experts and Warren and Mahoney Architects would be the architectural consultants involved in rebuilding the Anglican cathedral in central Christchurch.

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Kiwi Property Group plans new development in Drury

Kiwi Property Group has released a concept plan for the development of its 51-hectares of land in South Auckland and is in consultation with Auckland Council regarding a draft structure plan for shops, offices, bars and restaurants on the site. The company has indicated it may invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the proposed Drury development.

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Auckland Skyscraper to be built by 2024

Melbourne-based developer, ICD Property, has recently moved in to the New Zealand market with its $200 million-plus, 46 storey tower in downtown Auckland estimated to be completed in 2024. The hotel will have around 200 high-level apartments and 200 5-star hotel rooms.

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