Putting the garden back into the Garden City

A short stroll through Christchurch and it’s clear that new life is being breathed into the city on every block. Greenspaces are in abundance, while thousands of new and exotic trees have been planted across the CBD, restoring its green image while also rebuilding the city’s heart. It’s been seven years since a 6.3 magnitude […]

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Multi-million New Zealand Airport Terminal Build

The current terminal was built in the 1960s to cater for 50,000 passengers a year but now has 440,000 travellers passing through annually. SHORT COMMUTE: The construction firm is based just six kilometres from the airport A contract has been awarded to a construction firm to build a terminal atNew Plymouth Airport. The appointee, Clelands […]

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A challenge for KiwiRail, Bridge Replacement

Replacing a rail bridge’s piers without stopping the trains has set a unique challenge for KiwiRail engineers and contractors in the South Island. Bridge 72 on the Main South Line crosses the Opihi River around 2 km south of Temuka. The 512 m bridge was built in 1932 to replace the original, constructed in the […]

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Architect look to create an Airbnb for prefab flats

An architect is creating an online network that will allow Aucklanders to rent out their backyards through temporary prefabricated granny flats. Slimby, or shared living in my backyard, is a Master’s project that urban planning expert Tommy Honey is working on at Auckland’s Unitec’s Tech Futures Lab to bring together home owners wanting to subdivide […]

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Residential building hit 15-year high

Auckland residential building consents hit a 15-year high for May, while any gains in the South were relatively modest. Nationally, new residential consents for May rose from 2794 a year ago to 3407, which was the highest monthly total since June 2004, Statistics New Zealand construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said. “Auckland consented more new […]

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Vehicle-free summit

Vehicle-free summit: Maungarei / Mt Wellington

Work will soon begin at Maungarei / Mt Wellington on a range of significant enhancements and a return of the tihi (summit) to a vehicle-free space. Construction will include the build of new visitor car park and toilet block beside the Mountain Road entrance to Maungarei, a newly automated barrier arm at the start of […]

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Fletcher Building Announces Auckland Factory

Fletcher Building will be releasing more details on its new high-tech fast house-building factory next month. Chief executive of residential and land development at Fletcher, Steve Evans, announced a soon-to-open Auckland panelisation factory which will increase the pace of house-building. “We have a panelised factory that’s being negotiated now. We’re in the process of negotiating […]

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Seascape Development Held Up

What was set to be New Zealand’s highest residential skyscaper has experienced long delays due to its fire design. The designers of Seascape Apartments have previously submitted a request of approval to only install one stairwell, rather than two, for its top-floor penthouses. The ruling should have been issued within three months, but it has […]

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How automation will change building industry?

Automated construction companies boast the ability to make a small home in a day. It’s the future of construction, according to world-leading robotic fabrication expert Lauren Vasey. However, there are two big hurdles standing in the way of automated fabrication. “Building systems have been designed from very specific human assembly and dexterity. We position large […]

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Tim Melville elected as NZIA president

It was announced that Auckland architect and Warren and Mahoney principal Tim Melville will take up the role of president of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He will serve a two-year term until May of 2020. Melville is a University of Auckland alumnus and joined Warren and Mahoney in 2012. Prior to this, he was […]

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PM’s push to get people into trades

High school students are being encouraged to spurn university for a trade, with promises they can buy houses earlier than their academic counterparts. Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, which provides building apprenticeships, has launched a new system in schools that allows students to build their own CV of NCEA credits, skills and other qualifications. […]

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