Rise of the robot brickie

Automation could wipe out 600,000 construction jobs by 2040. The Telegraph have published an article after new research by UK Construction Company Mace predicts hits in the industry due to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous vehicles. It predicts that by 2040 the number of bricklayers in UK building sites will fall…

Weak retaining walls no defence to subsidence claim

In the recent High Court decision of Cattell v Auckland Council [2017] NZHC 2140, the High Court applied the principles of the tort of nuisance to a case where Council excavations on a reserve caused significant cracks to the driveway of a neighbouring property. The case concerned earthworks carried out in 1996 by the North Shore…