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Accountability the key message of Construction Strategy Group

Accountability the key message of Construction Strategy Group

Accountability in the construction industry is a key message promoted by the Construction Strategy Group (CSG), comprised of high level executives actively engaged in the sector. CSG chairman Richard Aitken, chairman of engineering consultancy Beca Group Ltd, says the extent of defective housing in the 1980s and 1990s highlighted a breakdown in quality performance. “It is essential that all sectors in the industry, through builders, architects and designers to engineers, subcontractors...
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Cafe kicks off budding Hobsonville community

Cafe kicks off budding Hobsonville community

A unique destination, award-winning coffee and two well recognised faces in the industry are all part of the package for the first new business at Hobsonville Point. Opened on August 22, the Catalina Cafe kicked off the growth of Auckland’s newest coastal community that will eventually see 10,000 people living and working at the former air base. The cafe proprietors, renowned for their ongoing contribution to New Zealand’s cafe culture, are Wayne Jackson and Rachael Aitken. The ...
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Supreme Court shortlisted for international awards

Supreme Court shortlisted for international awards

One of Wellington’s newest landmark buildings, the Supreme Court of New Zealand, has been shortlisted for two prestigious international awards — the World Architecture Festival Awards and the IStructE Structural Awards. Architects Warren and Mahoney were behind the striking design and Holmes Consulting Group provided the structural engineering services. The project involved the construction of a new Supreme Court building, together with the restoration of the neighbouring 130-yea...
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'7 More London' gains top rating

'7 More London' gains top rating

The historic quarter of Southwark in London is the location of Great Britain’s first office building that has achieved the internationally-renowned Breeam “Outstanding” rating for particularly sustainable technical building design. The 10-storey “7 More London” was planned by the architect group Foster & Partners. The use of renewable energies, modern technical facilities and the energetically optimised solar control glass facade keep CO2 emissions low. In fa...
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There is some light at the end of the tunnel!

There is some light at the end of the tunnel!

BCITO says employment expected to exceed peak 2007 levels Almost 10,000 jobs in the construction industry have been shed since the peak of 2007. It is said that employment in the industry bottomed out in 2009. However, the industry has been slow to recover, with experts predicting employment will increase only marginally in 2010. The latest report from the Department of Labour (Jobs Online, 11 August 2010) shows the number of job ads has risen over the July 2010 quarter by 7.2%, with skil...
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New Colorflo Fascia offer

Over the past year, Dimond has been working on the Colorflo range to deliver a complete and consistent national offer, including the addition of some new systems and the removal of some old products. The company is pleased to announce that a new fascia machine has been successfully commissioned in its Rotorua factory, introducing both the 147 small panel Fascia and the 185 Fascia to the North Island market. The 185 Fascia has gained wide popularity in the South Island market over the past fi...
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