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Taking the BIM by the horns

While BIM is still a relatively new concept in the NZ construction landscape it is important that we catch up with this important technology pretty quickly. The UK provides an interesting model for BIM adoption and it would be good to see it implemented in NZ. For those who are a little unsure what BIM…

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Consultation opens on new earthquake-prone buildings framework

MBIE has opened public consultation on the new earthquake-prone building (EPB) regulations and methodology. This is to inform the Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act, which will come into effect in 2017. Consultation will run until 15 December 2016. Submissions have been requested on both the proposed EPB methodology, and regulations relating to: The definition of…

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The saga continues…

Just when you thought it was over, the infamous fencegate returns to headlines. This time the ‘neighbours at war’ feud is going to the High Court after the Wellington City Council decided to appeal the Environment Court decision. As a brief recap, the Aitchisons’ neighbour constructed a fence-esque structure along the border between the two…

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Consultants, welcome to the CCA

Today the second tranche of changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) come into effect. Any contracts for design, engineering or quantity surveying work entered into (or renewed) from today will be subject to the CCA. This means that those providing design, engineering or quantity surveying work will have the rights and obligations imposed…

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Overcrowding in Auckland schools

Auckland’s population growth has also meant an increase of students enrolled in schools, causing overcrowding. Such an example is Rowandale School in Manurewa which has seen a 30% increase of students since 2014 – an increase of 144 students to its total roll. In order to make space for more students, the school has had…

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First Insolvency Working Group report released

This blog post was written by James McMillan, a partner at Kensington Swan specialising in insolvency and restructuring. Each year the construction industry is affected by a large number of insolvencies, ranging from the failure of small ‘one man band’ operations to large contractors and principals.  The effects of insolvency can be devastating on parties who…

Protests put Bakken pipeline work on hold

Following days of protests, developers of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline halted construction at the North Dakota site on Tuesday. The following day, a North Dakota federal court ordered the protesters to stop blocking the construction work. Several protesters had been charged with disorderly conduct or trespassing at a construction site. Also known as…