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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Buchan Expands into Global Practice

Through a merger with three other firms, Buchan expands into a leading global design practice. Buchan made an announcement early May that it has unified three practices in Australasia, Asia and Europe into one global company. The merger has resulted in a brand new face for the group, which includes a name shift from The […]

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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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Rotorua’s Aquatic Centre Review

The panel in charge of reviewing building management options for Rotorua’s Aquatic Centre have been announced. Members of the panel include Auckland lawyer Tama Hovell, Deloitte’s Director Rob McDonald, and Sports New Zealand Spaces and Places Lead Jamie Delich. The Aquatic Centre became a topic of debate when Rotorua Lakes Council made the decision to […]

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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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