A positive economy reversing the ‘brain drain’

For years the case has been that New Zealand has been suffering a ‘brain drain’, with many of its qualified workforce choosing to emigrate across the ditch to pursue warmer climates and (generally) higher wages in Australia. Now with New Zealand’s recent positive economic growth, the increased demand for workers in the Christchurch rebuild, and…

Construction costs up, up, and away

Further to our previous article reporting that construction costs are accelerating at the fastest pace since the mid-2000s, Business Day reports that by the end of next year, construction costs in Christchurch will have risen another 7.1%, compared to a rise of 5.6% in Auckland and 4.1% in Wellington.

Renewed calls for competition in building materials sector

The world second biggest cladding manufacturer, Knauf Plasterboard, is reviewing its New Zealand operations. Although further comment on the review has not been given the review follows the recent resignation of the managing director of Knauf Plasterboard Australia, Mark Norris, and reports that the head of the local plasterboard unit, John Russ, has also resigned…

Women in construction

As is occurring within several traditionally male-dominated sectors, the number of women in the construction industry is increasing across a range of disciplines  – builders, civil contractors, engineers, labourers, project managers, quantity surveyors, architects, lawyers, company managers, board members, and owners. See the National Association of Women in Construction http://www.nawic.org.nz.    The increase in numbers is…

Prefabricated building helping Canterbury rebuild

The size and complexity of the Canterbury rebuild has led to a number of new technologies being used in a number of projects. One of those, prefabricated off-site construction reduces the duration of construction for houses and also increases the quality as all components are fabricated off site in the controlled environment of a factory.…

Construction booming in ‘zombie town’

Whanganui is currently experiencing a construction boom, despite its classification earlier this year as a ‘zombie town’. The term, coined by Shamubeel Eaqub of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, describes small towns whose economies are struggling due to declining populations, and rationalisation of company operations. The exodus of people, particularly youth, conversely contributes…

Contract award for East West Link

On 30 September 2014 the first stage of the East West Link project in Melbourne was awarded after signing contracts with winning consortium East West Connect. East West Connect will operate and maintain the road on behalf of the Victorian Government for 25 years after construction. The key highlights include: 6.6 kilometres of new freeway…