Spotlight on China: Construction project dispute resolution

Tan Jinghui’s annual review of construction project dispute resolution in China, published in the Construction Law Journal, offers several interesting insights into the Chinese construction industry. The review surveys the disputes heard by the Supreme People’s Court in 2014. The most common reasons for disputes involved the carrying out of construction work using other contractor’s…

Keeping the life-blood flowing

Cash-flow is king in the construction industry, and the recent collapse of Stonewood Homes provides another reminder about the need to protect subcontractors from such an event. The collapse of Stonewood Homes is just a high profile example of an all too common occurrence in the industry, that ultimately results in subcontractors suffering the most.…

Claim: P contamination crisis could rival leaky homes

The NZ Herald has reported that homeowners are paying millions to decontaminate ‘P-riddled’ properties, in a crisis that, according to the Herald, could rival the leaky homes disaster. One industry expert states that the proportion of homes testing positive for methamphetamine residue sits at 40% of those tested. Clean up costs range from low to…

Developer back-tracking over budget blow-out – VH Five SPV Limited v Kimble Contracting Limited

  Building company Kimble Contracting Limited entered into a fixed price agreement with property developer VH Five SPV Limited. As expected, the parties agreed the timing of payment claims, when the principal was to issue its payment schedules, and thereafter when payment of the scheduled amount would occur. Unusually in this contract, those ‘timetable’ terms…

Women in the construction industry: a work in progress

The call for women to join the construction industry or take up a trade is growing according to a New Zealand Herald article published today. While statistics published by Statistics New Zealand in 2013 report a working-age population that is over 50% female, females make up just 5% of all trades workers in New Zealand. Nancy…

Tauranga waterfront to get makeover

Tauranga City Council is partnering with engineering consultants Beca and LandLab for its ‘Access to Water’ project – the construction of tidal stairs, Masonic Pier and a pontoon for the city’s waterfront. Detailed design is yet to be completed, but construction is anticipated to begin in July/August 2016, with completion for summer 2016/2017. The estimated…

‘Zipper trucks’ make constructing arch tunnels a snap

The truck is fitted with a large arching roller frame, upon which ‘lego-block’ concrete blocks can be loaded. As the truck moves forward, the concrete blocks fall into place. Watch the video below for a demonstration. Lock-Block Ltd developed the Arch-lock system, which boasts 1.5m of arch construction every 5 minutes. The system can be…

Reading now ready for Countdown complex

Reading International announced yesterday that it would begin work on the construction of a long-deferred Countdown supermarket. The new supermarket will be located on top of the surface car park on Wakefield Street, immediately behind the Reading Entertainment complex on Courtenay Place. Countdown has appointed Naylor Love as head contractor for the supermarket. Reading’s plans…