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Luxury Hamilton hotel gets the go-ahead

Construction of SkyCity Hamilton’s new $35 million 4.5-star hotel will begin by the end of the year, and the luxury 135-room facility will be completed at the end of 2014. After three years of planning, SkyCity Entertainment Group has been granted board approval to build the three-storey hotel on top of the existing casino complex on Victoria St. The facility will include a five-lane swimming pool, a gym and sauna room, eight luxury duplex suites 8 sq m in size, 16 large suites with balc...
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Project specialist scoops construction award

Christchurch project specialist Steven van der Pol of Arrow International has been awarded The New Zealand Institute of Building Medal. The Medal, presented by the New Zealand Institute of Building biannually, recognises long-standing contribution of merit to the practice and science of building. Arrow’s strategic development director has worked on many complex national and international projects, but his current work has a strong focus on the rebuild of the Christchurch CBD. Prior succ...
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Fletcher Building commits to huge energy savings

Fletcher Building Ltd (FBL) is set to make significant energy savings after signing an agreement with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to introduce a company-wide energy efficiency programme. The programme, proposed by FBL, will include efficiency initiatives across six of their divisions, and will provide immediate and long-term energy efficiency benefits. The agreement shows that New Zealand’s most influential businesses are keen to reduce their energy use and ca...
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Colourful bridge wins top award

Colourful bridge wins top award

The clever red palette on the Clark Street Overbridge in Auckland by Architectus has been awarded top honours in the Resene Total Colour Awards for its unique use of colour on a very public space. Resene has a long history of colour, with colours such as Resene Spanish White and Resene Pearl Lusta created over three decades ago still continuing to be top choices for decorators today. With thousands of colours available, the key is not just choosing the right one, but putting it together with c...
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Back In Time

20 years ago: • The second New Zealand Master Builders Federation House of the Year Awards attracted 131 entries, up from 120 in the inaugural competition in 1991. Members from 18 of the 22 regional associations entered homes. The number of price categories increased to five, the highest being for houses over $500,000 (including GST but excluding the section cost). • In his monthly column, NZMBF chief executive Trevor Allsebrook wondered when building materials merchants were going ...
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Celebrity

Celebrity

Written By: Don Bunting Architect Don Bunting rattles off some more random observations about the construction and associated industries. This month: Celebrity amongst the design-build brigade.
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Are you a “developer”?

Written By: Tim Bates and Chadleigh Danswan Tim Bates and Chadleigh Danswan of Auckland law firm Legal Vision review a case in which one important issue before the court centred around determining when an individual (who builds a residential home) might fall within the definition of a “developer”.
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