Trial-consenting process gets big tick from Christchurch construction company

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Armitage Williams Construction’s latest project — the PwC Centre — recently received a building consent in 10 days thanks to a new Christchurch City Council consenting process.

The council is piloting a new scheme that aims to reduce the current delays commonly experienced under the existing process.

Under the existing consenting process consenting can take anywhere up to six months.

Armitage Williams director Ben Harrow says the pilot provided a streamlined, efficient process which will ensure that construction of the PwC Centre can get underway as scheduled.

“We have been particularly impressed at the speed of consenting under the pilot. A 10-day turnaround is amazing. It will give us a greater level of certainty to our clients around timelines,” Mr Harrow says.

Armitage Williams construction senior project manager Graeme Jones is overseeing the PwC Centre, and says it has encouraged greater collaboration between the council consent team and design team to achieve both parties’ requirements.

“The process also ensured a more complete and thorough level of documentation for purposes of tendering,” Mr Jones says.

The PwC Centre, located on 56-64 Cashel Street, is now set for construction and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the building is designed to 130% of the current building code (IL3) using a structural steel frame with an eye catching facade.