CRL wins New Zealand’s highest sustainability accolade

Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL), presently under construction in downtown Auckland, is setting the benchmark for delivering sustainable infrastructure in New Zealand – an aim that’s been recognised with the Supreme Award at this year’s NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Facilities Integrate 2018 signals an exciting year ahead for the built environment

Big crowds, lots to learn, new features and plenty of emerging technologies – the annual Facilities Integrate expo, held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, had it all.

The technologies building the future of New Zealand, and beyond – By Dan Barry

New Zealand’s construction industry will continue to expand until 2020 thanks to investments in infrastructure, public sector facilities and housing, which are driving growth. In fact, by 2020 construction will account for $4.15 billion of New Zealand’s GDP, making it a key driver of growth and prosperity in the market.

Architect and engineer – how interdisciplinary design thinking promotes innovation – By Richard Voss

Although the definition between the architecture and engineering professions is somewhat murky, some of history’s most innovative architects were in fact structural engineers.

Seeking stable ground – what to look for when hiring a geotechnical engineer – By Philippe Vincent

It could be said that New Zealand’s construction industry is at a major crossroads of change. While population growth in Auckland and reconstruction efforts in Canterbury continue to drive jobs and demand, soaring costs, labour shortages, and the collapse of big-name construction firms are dogging the industry – a collection of challenges that have seen infrastructure minister Shane Jones calling for urgent attention and a ‘reset’ of this key industry sector.

Hot to cold – designing for climate and cultural change – By Iain MacIntyre

Inspirational design solutions that showcase the immense possibilities of adaptive architecture – shaped by climatic and cultural forces – are being globally pioneered by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of architects, designers and builders.

Building and Construction Law Conference returns in 2019

Increasingly thin margins on construction projects, coupled with contract provisions which don’t always fairly allocate risk along the supply chain, have caused significant calamity for the New Zealand construction sector in recent years. And smaller subcontractors at the end of supply chains are often exposed to the greatest contract risk.

New Zealand’s Perry Bridge wins international engineering award

An eye-catching bridge in the heart of the Waikato has beaten structures from around the world to scoop an international award for engineering excellence.

New Southwest Gateway programme to improve transport in south Auckland

Aucklanders will soon be able to have their say on a series of projects that aim to improve access and travel choices, connect communities and support growth in the southwest and southeast of Auckland, including Auckland Airport.

New initiative launched to improve Kiwi homes

A new tool which enables anyone to assess the quality of their home has been launched by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) – and the organisation is excited the sector is driving adoption and use of the tool aimed at improving the housing stock.

Designing in a virtual world

NZ Construction News editor Lynne Richardson visits Context Architects to find out how virtual and augmented reality are transforming the way buildings are designed, and what this means for the construction industry.

Future-proof – seven trends coming to the NZ construction industry in 2019 – By Gary Caulfield

The local industry is abuzz with talk of KiwiBuild, and certainly, with tenders now out to market for large-scale, long-term projects under the NZ government’s 10-year plan, contractors, subbies, manufacturers and suppliers have good reason to start pointing their business plans in that direction.

Aurecon and Seequent lead the way for digital engineering

Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon, and Seequent, a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, are leading the way for digital engineering on New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project, Auckland’s City Rail Link.

Skills shortage a target for construction minister – By Dave MacIntyre

The Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa, has her priorities set for the next two years of the coalition government that brings together Labour and NZ First, with the support of the Greens. Creating a sustainable workforce and plugging the skills shortage gaps are high on the agenda.

Outstanding women working in the construction sector recognised – By Lynne Richardson

The Hays National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards were announced at the Auckland Town Hall on 17 August. NZ Construction News spoke to four of the outstanding winners to find out about their experiences in the construction industry and why they think diversity matters.

It’s time for leaders at all levels to step up – By Brett Murray

Leadership across all levels of the supply chain is required if we are to succeed in building a better, and safer, construction industry.