Seascape Apartments 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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Maternity Unit of Middlemore Hospital poses seismic risk

The executives of Counties Manukau Health recently held a meeting to discuss the fate of Middlemore Hospital’s maternity unit. Vui Mark Gosche, who took over as a Board Chair only short while ago, had toured the facilities, including the neglected Galbraith building, and examined the plans for the future development. He also held a meeting […]

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Using Prints in Commercial Interiors

Decor trends are always evolving. As such, the constant innovation in commercial interiors for public and private consumption are calling for more malleable, unique and interactive designs. Among a plethora of new trends, it is noted that 71 per cent of consumers are willing to pay more for personalisation. Moreover, the combination of new production […]

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Winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 Revealed

The winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 have recently been announced at the National Gallery of Victoria. 15 New Zealand designers were shortlisted for the awards. The Crimson Education Office designed by Patrick Loo won the International category. Murali Bhasker from BOON was a judge at the 2018 awards and admired Patrick’s colour pallet in this project. Davina Harper, […]

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Manage Your Facilities!

How not to waste money? – Manage Your Facilities!

It is no surprise that New Zealand businesses are squandering energy, and therefore money, in the course of their day-to-day operations. A vivid example would be a commercial building running an air-conditioning unit to cool down one part of its structure while trying to heat up another part with a boiler. Many businesses could shave […]

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Hawkins to pay $13.4 million for a leaky school

H Construction North Island – formerly called Hawkins Construction North Island – has been ordered to pay $13.4 million to fix a raft of errors at a leaky, damp, and rotting secondary school in Auckland. Botany Downs Secondary College was built in stages by Hawkins in the 2000s, opening in 2004. As of 2018, it […]

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Flammable Panelling in High-rises

13 high-rise buildings in Auckland are covered in flammable aluminium panelling, but Auckland Council does not foresee any “immediate safety concerns” for the tenants. After the Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) requested all councils to identify buildings covered by the same flammable aluminum cladding panels […]

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Daisy Apartments Spearheads Energy Efficiency

Auckland mayor Phil Goff  recently attended the opening ceremony of an almost car-free residential development. Daisy Apartments, located on Akepiro Street in Mount Eden, was given a 10-star rating for its 33 apartments and two parking spaces for shared cars. The complex earned the title of “New Zealand’s Greenest Apartment Building”, which was awarded by […]

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Parnell Terraces Leakage Work Nears Its End

A large scale Auckland leaky building repair project is due to wrap up this month following a whopping $24 million spent on fixing 81 townhouses. Body corporate chairman of Parnell Terraces on The Strand in Quay Park, Michael Rehm, explained that although the project deviated from its initial plan, the public will see significant progress […]

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Middlemore Hospital In Need of Repair

Hospitals “around the country” are dealing with building issues, says health minister Dr David Clark. However, there is not much that can be done if District Health Boards  (DHBs) are not open to discuss the issues they are facing. Clark raised the issue to Counties Manukau DHB acting chairman Rabin Rabindran. He expressed disappointment towards […]

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