Update on Christchurch’s solution to flooding

Further to our blog post on 14 July regarding Christchurch City Council’s plan to apply a waterproof membrane to houses affected by flooding (read our blog post here), use of the membrane has been described as a success, with reports that it may now be used as a solution to Auckland’s leaky building problem. The…

Eye-opening statistics coming out of Christchurch

Christchurch rebuild statistics recently published by the Press and Stuff give pause for thought. According to the article, prohibition notices shutting down unsafe construction sites have risen 1700 per cent, from 13 in 2010 to 224 in 2013. In the same period, injuries have more than doubled, from 64 to 139, and written warnings on…

UK Construction giants talk merger

A confirmation of merger talks between Balfour Beatty and Carillion emerged on Sky News after markets had closed last night. This merger would could create a £3bn blue-chip construction giant. These companies have acted on major projects such as the London Olympics Aquatics Centre and the St Pancras Channel Tunnel. Both firms have recently faced…

Care needed around communication of privileged information

A recent Australian decision found that a party had waived legal privilege by providing a report to their insurers: Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd v Pacific Partners Pty Ltd (No 2) [2014] FCA 481. The plaintiffs purchased Flavoured Beverages Group Holdings Limited (FBG) from the defendants and in accordance with the terms of the sale…

NZ timber company choosing to do things differently

Copper, Chromium and Arsenic (CCA) treated wood is the industry standard in NZ, however, this is not the case in a number of overseas jurisdictions where CCA treated wood has been banned or restricted, these include France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and Canada. These companies adopted their restrictions following reports…

Engineers on the rack

In recent days, criticisms have been levelled at the disciplinary process of engineers as it was revealed that both Alan Reay and David Harding were able to resign from their professional body, IPENZ, before investigations were completed regarding their involvement in the CTV building collapse in Christchurch (see an article in the Listener here). Last…

Challenges with construction growth

While employment opportunities overall in New Zealand have maintained momentum in June with a 13.7 per cent increase in new job ad volumes compared with the same period last year. The data from SEEK New Zealand has revealed that this growth in job ads was underpinned by demand in the construction sector. The number of…

Does the Christchurch rebuild need more UK input?

Lord Livingstone, the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, was in the news yesterday, visiting Christchurch and making a case for greater input from UK construction companies in the rebuild (see article here). Essentially, he argues that UK companies have a proven track record of successfully completing construction projects of equivalent size of…