Mainzeal – End of an era (Receivership)

Mainzeal was one of the largest construction companies in New Zealand when it was put into receivership in 2012, liquidation followed shortly afterwards. Fast-forward five years and the receivership stage process has just been completed with the Receivers retiring on 15 May 2017. The completion of the Receivership means that the secured creditors (bank) and…

A garage by any other name…

With the rate of building increasing in Queenstown it appears that some project are skipping the quality assurance processes, especially around design. Mr Cole and Ms Bohn recently moved in to their rental in Shotover Country and found that the garage had been fenced in. They claim the fence was not there when they previously…

Climate Change Resilient Homes

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 developed by the National Infrastructure Unit in October last year identified some of the key challenges facing infrastructure between now and 2045. One of the challenges identified in the plan was the effect that climate change will have on infrastructure. Climate change poses a threat to infrastructure…

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…

Spooky early construction practices

As today is Friday 13th, we are spotlighting spooky and superstitious construction practices. Many early civilisations are thought to have practised human sacrifice as part of the dedication of major building projects, from temples to bridges, in order to bring good fortune and pacify the gods. In Mayan culture, although human sacrifice was relatively rare,…

End of the Red Road

On Sunday the remaining Red Road Apartments in Glasgow were demolished. However, not all went to plan with two of the structure remaining partially upright after the controlled demolition. Click here to read the Stuff article including video. However, this end is not as spectacular as a previous plan. In preparations for the 2014 Glasgow…