Construction begins for Auckland University’s Medical School

The construction of Auckland University’s $116 million Medical School – opposite Auckland City Hospital in Grafton – is now in full swing. The work will be headed by Hawkins Construction, whose aim is to move the School of Medicine and its School of Population Health from the University’s Tamaki Campus and the Auckland District Health […]

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Auckland Council Identifies Earthquake-prone Buildings

Auckland Council is anticipating challenges from building owners whose properties are identified as earthquake-prone. From November onwards, proprietors of approximately 1800 earthquake-prone buildings in Auckland are going to receive letters of notification which will inform them of their building’s status. Owners of such buildings will either be added to a national register and undergo the […]

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Build NZ

Auckland Housing Lacks Affordability

Statistics show that 98 free market affordable homes have been built under the Auckland Housing Accord. However, Councillor Chris Darby who serves as the chair of Auckland Council planning committee criticises the Accord as a “dismal failure” in addressing affordability. The Housing Accord launched in October 2013 for a period of three years and was […]

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Auckland housing

Ted Manson develops 500 social rentals

Ted Manson, leading property developer, began his benevolent project of building 500 social rental homes in Auckland. Manson is the managing director of Mansons TCLM. At a housing summit in Auckland, he announced his charitable endeavor. “My parents lived in a very small one-bedroom apartment before the state house, to which I moved when I […]

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auckland construction

20,000 Foreign Builders to Meet Industry Shortage

Due to a shortage of local candidates, New Zealand construction companies are currently reaching out to foreign builders to meet market demand. Both private and public organisations are backing the new campaign, which encourages builders to immigrate to New Zealand to help support the growing industry. The campaign is named LookSee Build and it adopts […]

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Worksafe Urges to Install Safety Nets

Builders are being warned to put on safety nets to prevent serious work-related injuries, such as fall off roofs or walls. In past two years, two serious head injuries were recorded due to inappropriate installation. WorkSafe has issued an industry-wide alert about the dangers of poorly installed and badly made nets in residential building sites. […]

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NAWIC

Women Take the Lead in Construction

The third annual Hays NAWIC Excellence Awards was held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland to celebrate role models for women in construction. The awards recognise the remarkable achievements and effort made by women in the construction industry. Thanks to the projected 10 per cent annual growth rates till 2019 and the demand for 50,000 […]

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Construction Companies Without Insurance Face Collapse

The legislation of the new law may result in the collapse of construction companies as two tiers will be created, says James MacQueen, advisory partner in the construction and real estate sector for business advisory and accountancy firm BDO. The amendment was a response to the collapse of Mainzeal in 2013, which leaves unsecured creditor […]

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Construction workers to get a pay rise next year

It is expected that over half of the country’s building industry workers will receive a salary increase up to 5 per cent next year, annual salary guide by Hays Construction and the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) reports. The survey on salary and recruiting expectations shows that project managers, construction managers, quantity surveyors, estimators, […]

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Australian Skilled Dealers Falls Below Demand

Australian tradesmen are struggling to keep up as the country’s residential building market grows. Owing to the rapid rise of the residential construction industry in Australia, many trades are lacking seasoned professionals meet market demand. According to the Housing Industry Association’s recent Trades Report, bricklayering suffered the worst shortage, measuring -0.82 on the index (anything […]

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Potential Cladding Hazards – 1,000 NSW Buildings

Australian government audit points to substandard cladding in more than 1,000 buildings in New South Wales. Shortly following the London Grenfell Tower fire, the NSW Government conducted an audit and inspected over 178,000 building projects in the region, among which 1,011 showed signs of dangerous cladding. In response to the findings, Fair Trading minister Matt […]

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