Boom, bust, or crystal ball gazing?

This blog post is written by Ariana Stuart, a Senior Associate in Kensington Swan’s Construction and Major Projects team. Yet another report has been released considering the current construction ‘boom’. MBIE has released its National Construction Pipeline Report 2017  forecasting building and construction activity. Of note, is that MBIE has forecast the construction boom to…

Finding New Zealand along the Belt and Road

The Belt and Road Initiative (B&R, OBOR, 一带一路), announced by President Xi Jinping in late 2013, is China’s most ambitious development strategy. It aims to create new economic zones based around the ancient Silk Road trade route overland (the belt) and across the sea (the road). China expects to trade more than US$2.5 trillion a…

Pre-Budget Forecasts – What the construction industry can expect from Budget 2017

Election year budgets have a tendency to be the most expenditure focused of the triennium, often labelled as ‘lolly scrambles’ or ‘vote buying’, and ever since Treasury released the Budget Policy Statement in December it’s been clear Budget 2017 will be no different. As the Prime Minister put it in his pre-budget speech ‘A growing economy…

Student flat issues – do they ever stop?

  In March 2016, 18 people were injured when a balcony gave way at a student flat in Dunedin. The collapse occurred during a free, impromptu concert put on by Six60, a former Dunedin band who until recently played annually at their Castle Street flat in homage to their student origins. Unfortunately, along with five…

The Trump Wall (cont.)

  In May last year we commented on this blog on the seemingly impossible suggestion of a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico, outlining the many obstacles to be overcome before the wall could even be considered as a remote possibility. However, President Trump has never let the seemingly impossible stop him and has moved…

City Rail Link – one year on

One year ago construction began on New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project based in the heart of the Auckland CBD, the City Rail Link (‘CRL’). Project Manager Chris Meale highlights the positive approach taken by contractor teams working on the CRL to liaise with businesses and other parties affected by the works in the CBD. The…

Waikato Freight Hub under construction

Ports of Auckland announced this week the beginning of construction for the Waikato Freight Hub (‘WFH’). The WFH will be built on 33 hectares of land, 8 kilometers north of Hamilton at the Northgate Business Park, Horotiu. Fulton Hogan has been awarded the earth works contract to undertake the task of levelling the site. The…

Putin builds a bridge

Russia started construction on 18 March 2014 to build a 19 km bridge connecting Russia to Crimea. The ambitious $4.3 billion project is flagged to be completed by December 2018, but this seems unlikely given the labour, geography and engineering difficulties. There will be two bridges running parallel to each other. One will have four…