Australian Senate provides update on aluminium composite cladding use

Following concerns with the use of aluminium composite cladding in Australia, on 5 September the Senate Economics References Committee released its interim report on aluminium composite cladding as part of the broader non-conforming building product inquiry. The report is substantive (100 pages) and the recommendations made are summarized as follows: The Commonwealth Government urgently implement a…

Overcrowding in Auckland schools

Auckland’s population growth has also meant an increase of students enrolled in schools, causing overcrowding. Such an example is Rowandale School in Manurewa which has seen a 30% increase of students since 2014 – an increase of 144 students to its total roll. In order to make space for more students, the school has had…

Construction of Vector Arena credit: Grayson Engineering

Calling up a bond – Grounds for opposing a call

Mainzeal was engaged to construct Vector Arena. The contract required Mainzeal to provide a bond to secure Mainzeal’s performance under the contract. Mainzeal arranged for Great Lakes Reinsurance to provide this bond to the principal. Payment of the bond was conditional on an engineer’s certificate which was to state: that the contractor had defaulted; that…

Combating the crisis – Special Housing Areas

A tool that has been introduced to combat the Auckland housing crisis is the designation of Special Housing Areas (SHA). SHAs provide an area where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place. The benefits to developers in SHAs include special consenting and approval process which aim to speed up development. The result is a…

Auckland’s new Commercial Bay

Shopping lovers in Auckland have been given an early Christmas present with the unveiling of the final details and name for downtown Auckland’s biggest new commercial property development. The property development consists of the creation of a 39-level glass tower on Auckland’s waterfront. The tower is set to become part of the new Auckland precinct…

Why so many empty houses?

When ‘housing crisis’ is mentioned the first things that jump to mind are ever increasing Auckland house prices and the barriers for first timer buyers. But there is also the housing shortage faced by a number of centres in New Zealand. Auckland Council’s Housing Project Office estimated shortfall of 15,000 homes has now increased to…

Confidence in construction

Confidence is one of the key determinants for decisions about future investment and business decisions, whether for individuals or companies. The BNZ recently released its first Confidence Survey since April 2014. This highlights the issues in the economy from dairy prices to the construction industry, and is well worth a read. The individual responses are…

Cutting corners costly

Recently issues have been raised with the quality of building, with the Auckland Council failing up to a third of its inspections. Now it has been highlighted that sub-standard earthworks on new housing sites in Auckland are threatening neighbouring properties and costing homeowners thousands. Auckland Council says it is shutting down around two sites a…

Auckland’s ‘prime’ time

Auckland has more prime office space currently being developed than the total amount of prime office space developed since 2007; and proportionately more prime development than other major cities like Sydney. This has been highlighted by Chris Dibble from Colliers International in a recent opinion piece for the Herald (click here to read). This brings up the…