October Construction News
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Tahiti Women’s Forum
Senior Associate Julia Batchelor-Smith was invited to speak at the Tahiti Women’s Forum from 14-16 October. She explored the emerging concept of relational intelligence (RI), and how developing RI can promote agile leadership. The conference was organised by the French Development Agency and attended by 200 delegates from across the region, including the Foreign Minister and the Australian Consul General.
Construction Law Seminar
Senior Associate James Dow spoke at the Construction Law Intensive Issues and Opportunities seminar both in Christchurch and Auckland held by NZLS CLE Ltd from 23-24 October. James discussed procurement and the current issues facing the industry, along with lessons learnt from previous construction projects.
Article on modern methods of construction published in Build Magazine
Build Magazine featured James Dow’s article discussing the issues and future of modern methods of construction in New Zealand.
Fletcher Building opens its doors to prefabricated homes factory
Fletcher Building has opened its 8300 square metre “Clever Core” factory in Auckland to build prefabricated homes. The factory is the biggest factory of its kind in New Zealand, allowing Fletchers to turn out 500 factory-built homes a year. Fletchers’ factory is not the first factory for prefabricated homes in New Zealand, with Craig Kellington’s “Smart Solution Homes” modular-homes factory having opened in June 2018. The main customer for Clever Core will be Fletcher Living, which develops large sub-divisions. Fletchers intends to take contracts from developers from late 2020.
Māori_hotel development planned for Rotorua
Māori land incorporation Rotoma No.1 has revealed plans for an $80 million hotel in Arawa Street, Rotorua. The hotel will feature Māori designs and showcase the Ngāti Whakaue story describing how land gifted by the hapu created Rotorua. The hotel, expected to finish in 2022/23, will be the tallest building in Rotorua, set to have up to 13 levels and 170 rooms. The complex will also include retail and office space.
Construction company Eden Limited in receivership
Eden Limited, owned by construction firm Firma Group, went into receivership on 4 October. Eden Limited has worked on projects including Ryman Healthcare’s Logan Campbell retirement village in Auckland and the 10-storey apartments in Nuffield St, Newmarket. It is unclear how many active projects Eden Limited had at the time of receivership.
Consumer NZ recommends compulsory building guarantees
Construction Minister Jenny Salesa is considering building insurance under the Building Act reforms, but the outcome will not be announced until 2020. Consumer NZ has recommended adopting a similar model to the Queensland-style guarantee, where a statutory body has powers to censure builders and award compensation to owners. The Certified Building Association says building guarantees should be compulsory, and the Registered Master Buildings Association supported promoting guarantees, but said that greater discussion was needed to establish what such guarantees would mean in practice.
Councillors opposed to Wellington’s Shelly Bay development
Wellington’s $500 million Shelly Bay development has suffered a blow following a survey conducted prior to the Wellington City Council election that revealed that not one of the 14 councillors and mayor most likely to lead Wellington for the Council’s next term, would confirm that they would support the development as it currently stood. Wellington Council had granted non-notified resource consent to the development, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal late last year. The resource consent is currently being reconsidered by independent commissioners.
Bunnings extends range of flat-pack homes
Bunnings has released its list of 21 builders across New Zealand that Clever Living Co. has approved to build Bunning’s flat-pack homes. Bunnings sells the design and material packages to the approved builders, who are authorised to build the design. The homes come with coloursteel roofing, Mitsubishi heat pumps, Kaboodle kitchens, Omega kitchen appliances, Stein showers, vanities and toilet suites and Sengled security cameras and lighting. Prices range from $69,000 to $113,541 plus GST for the Clever Living Co. product (excluding land, connection to services, site works, landscaping, or other costs). 72 homes are now up in New Zealand, with many more under construction.
Seismic strengthening projects to benefit from Heritage EQUIP funding
The government has confirmed that seismic strengthening projects on heritage buildings in Cambridge, Christchurch, Fielding, Hokitika and Timaru will benefit from Heritage EQUIP funding, totaling $1.87 million. Two more funding rounds will be held prior to June 2020 to allocate the remaining $2.4 million in the fund.
$200m Mission Bay development refused resource consent
The proposed high-rise retail block on Mission Bay’s beachfront has been refused resource consent by the independent hearing commissioners. The commissioners found the building was too tall for the area (at 7 storeys tall at its highest). Of the 699 submissions in relation to the development, 626 submissions were opposed.
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