New Zealand’s first ‘pod’ hotel

This year New Zealand will welcome its first capsule hotel. After four years of planning and negotiations, construction has begun on the Jucy Snooze ‘pod’ hotel, being built alongside Christchurch’s international airport. Jucy Snooze is targeted at backpackers and travellers wanting short-stay accommodation. The ‘pod’ hotel is modelled from similar cheap and compact accommodation which…

Alleged espionage in Christchurch

A wall has been stolen from the construction site of a house in Christchurch. The house is part of a development by True Green Homes. The alleged thief broke into the building site and “ripped out insulation, tore into cavities, and stole a fully-constructed wall from the lounge” according to a report in The Herald.…

Pressure to reform engineer’s accountability continues

Engineers accountability and competency has been a hot topic ever since the collapse of the CTV building. Recently Nick Smith, the Building and Housing Minister, announced that the Government has been looking to ‘strengthen’ (aka increase) regulations around engineers training and accountability (see our previous post here). As a further development in the CTV saga…

Christchurch, four years on

Today marks four years since the September 4, 2010 earthquake, the first in an 18 month earthquake sequence which devastated Canterbury. The Press reports that in the last four years, the Canterbury region has experienced 4558 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater. The Press has also provided up to date statistics on the progress of red…

Council addressing consent accreditation concerns

International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) has released an Assessment Report confirming that the Christchurch City Council has not yet met the standards required to regain accreditation as a building consent authority. (Click here to access the Report in full). The Council’s accreditation was revoked by IANZ in July 2013, following concerns that the Council’s building…

A positive step for the Christchurch re-build

The Ministry of Health recently issued a media release seeking Registrations of Interest for Christchurch Hospital’s new Acute Services Building (click here). As one of the re-build’s anchor projects, it will be one of the largest health-related building projects in New Zealand’s history with an expected cost of about $450 million. The building will include…

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…