Building up not the answer for New Zealand’s housing shortage?

With the announcement of plans to build the country’s tallest habitable commercial building earlier this year, queries have been raised about whether the housing market in New Zealand will respond to the skyscraper model.  A recent article in the Australian Financial Review’s Luxury magazine, looks at the trends among high-rise buildings internationally. Melbourne is planning…

Kate takes top construction essay prize

Kensington Swan’s Kate Henderson won the coveted essay competition for 2014. The winners were announced at the Society of Construction Law’s AGM in Auckland last Tuesday. Kate’s essay was titled “Spencer on Byron: 1991…and beyond?” and dealt with the development of the law of tort in relation to the construction industry. For her efforts Kate…

Hirepool cancels IPO

Hirepool’s owners, Next Capital and Hunter Powell Investments, have pulled the IPO offer which had an indicated listing date of 11 July 2014 (see previous post on the listing here). The following statement has been released by Hirepool’s owners: Given the strength of the New Zealand economy and the positive outlook for Hirepool, Next Capital…

The importance of hiring competent subcontractors

In Australia two recent decisions have emphasised that a head contractor does not have a duty to ensure a subcontractor’s system of work are adequate where the subcontractor is competent and employed for a specialty task. This principal was set out by the Australian High Court in Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd v Fox [2009] HCA…

Lyttleton Port Company moved into the fast lane

Yesterday it was announce that the Lyttleton Port Company (LPC) will be fast tracked through the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. This ‘green light’ means resource consents will be fast-tracked in a similar way to those involved in the Central Recovery Plan and the Land Use Recovery Plan. Public submissions will still be given slight…

What are ‘standard form’ construction contracts

The Melbourne Law School, with the support of the Society of Construction Law Australia, has just published the results from a research project investigating current practice in relation to standard forms of contract in the Australian construction industry. The full report can be found via this link. Overall, there was found to be broad support…

Alice reaches half way with construction of first tunnel

Construction is going well on Auckland’s Waterview Connection project thanks to the world’s tenth largest tunnel boring machine, Alice, who has now constructed 1.2km of the first of the 2.4km-long tunnels which will connect the city’s Southwestern and Northwestern motorways.  Alice’s journey began in November last year when she started the underground work, excavating soil…