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Is the Project Scheduler one person? Is he/she the one that creates the construction programme? Is the Project Scheduler the one to schedule subcontractors, material deliveries etc. Should the scheduler be…

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Every construction project must have a construction programme, not just because it is a contractual requirement, but because it is an essential planning and management tool (when used correctly) that…

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Are concurrent delays TRULY concurrent? Date: 14 September 2017

When we hear the term ‘concurrent delays’, we automatically get dragged into a grey area of debate and case laws. From my perspective, it all depends on how we interpret…

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Trench warfare in construction Date: 25 August 2017

By John Beveridge, If you're wondering how it is possible NZ's biggest building company is struggling to make ends meet in the middle of a building boom, you are not alone. It…

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—Drafting to Affirm the Former and Avoid the Latter (This article was first published in Lexology USA, July 10 2017)  Agreed damages provisions are a staple of many commercial contracts. But as…

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A recent ruling holds implications for liquidated damages clauses. Chris Bridges reports. On 4 November 2015 the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in the consolidated appeals of Cavendish Square Holding…

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Vinci subsidiaries Electrix and Citeos IDF Exploitation have won a four-year contract to maintain urban lighting in Auckland, New Zealand. The four-year contract covers the operation, maintenance and renewal of lighting…

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Amendments to the Construction Contracts Act passed in Parliament yesterday. These changes will affect everyone in the construction industry, from principals to head contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. Key…

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Construction chaos to hit Auckland Date: 22 September 2015

Aucklanders are about to endure a "five-year nightmare", says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett, as work starts on a raft of major jobs, including the New Zealand International…

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A multi-million pound fit-out of the new London office Saatchi & Saatchi is incorporating the innovative Rehau CoolBoard chilled ceiling system. Above: Rehau CoolBoard chilled ceiling system ISG is contractor for…

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New Zealand awards Kawarau Falls Bridge Date: 07 September 2015

NZ Transport Agency has awarded McConnell Dowell Constructors the design and build contract for a two-lane bridge at Kawarau Falls. McConnell Dowell has teamed up with Novare Design for the design. The…

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NZ Transport Agency has appointed Cimic subsidiary Leighton Contractors to design and construct the Southern Corridor Improvements (SCI) project in Auckland. The project will generate revenue of approximately NZ$192m (£81m) for…

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BRE Academy is to collaborate with research, testing and information company Branz to deliver building information modelling (BIM) training in New Zealand. Branz will deliver BIM training courses as a host…

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Vinci has finalised the acquisition of New Zealand contractor HEB Construction. Above: Previous HEB projects include the Atiamuri Bridge HEB operates in across a range of areas including civils work, structures,…

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Port presses on with extensions Date: 22 April 2015

Ports of Auckland is proceeding with two huge wharf extensions, despite public protests, a political call to halt work and a legal challenge against consents for the work. Ports chairman Graeme…

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Faced with a growing government appetite for public private partnerships (PPPs), local construction companies need to evolve their traditional business thinking, embrace the process and, most pertinently, understand how to…

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Supermarket giant Countdown has released plans for a new $35 million supermarket for Waiheke Island to replace a small, existing store. Adrian Walker, Countdown's property general manager, said work on the…

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First-home buyers and property investors are jumping at a new residential offering in the fast-growing Auckland suburb of Albany, in a project that is designed by Kiwis, but funded from…

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Do it once, do it right Date: 13 March 2015

The Causeway Alliance is currently raising and widening the Northwestern Motorway in Auckland as part of the Western Ring Route road of national significance – but an unexpected find last…

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Contractors beware! Date: 03 March 2015

With a recovering economy and the numbers of issued building consents continuing to rise, it is timely for contractors and developers to reflect on their obligations under the Resource Management…

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Auckland Council and commercial landlord Precinct Properties have struck a deal to allow the City Rail Link tunnels to run beneath a $550 million, 36-level downtown office and shopping tower. Mayor…

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New Year brings about new builds Date: 15 January 2015

Last September work re-started on the ‘Soho’ project in Ponsonby, Auckland. The scheme had come to a halt some years back, leaving a gaping chasm in the landscape. Construction is…

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Breaking the bottleneck at Britomart Date: 15 January 2015

Article by Corrie Cook for Construction News Auckland’s history is littered with failed public transport schemes, including ‘Robbie’s rapid rail’ – the Auckland Rapid Rail Transit Plan of the 1970s. Fifty…

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Avon River Precinct Date: 18 December 2014

Te Papa ?t?karo/Avon River Precinct is an anchor project in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan and is in response to the public's call for the river to be more of…

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