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.

New infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth and wellbeing

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced a new independent entity will be established so that New Zealand will get the quality infrastructure investment it needs to improve long-term economic performance and social wellbeing.

High public support for Otakaro Avon River Corridor land uses

Regenerate Christchurch has published the results of independent research by Nielsen which has identified an overwhelmingly positive response to the refined shortlist of land uses for the Otakaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area that was presented during a recent exhibition and public engagement.

Flagship InterContinental Hotel to anchor One Queen Street in Auckland

Auckland will welcome a flagship InterContinental hotel in 2022 with IHG and Precinct Properties, the largest city centre real estate owner in New Zealand, signing an agreement to open InterContinental Auckland.

Does BIM need a government mandate in New Zealand?

The low uptake of building information modelling in New Zealand will be just one of the topics to be discussed at the forthcoming New Zealand BIM Conference.

NZIOB announces 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards have been announced by the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) at a gala evening at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland, on 24 August.

New-concept retirement village reflects baby boomers’ demands

Metlifecare has announced expressions of interest are open for phase one of Gulf Rise, a new $250 million development at Red Beach, north Auckland, that is set to redefine retirement village living.

Shipping containers at the heart of new Tauranga food and retail hub

The new ‘container city’ in Tauranga showcases the diversity, adaptability and unique design aesthetic that shipping containers can bring to an inner-city urban space.

UC engineering innovation boosts new city library’s quake resilience

Christchurch’s new state-of-the-art central city library, Turanga, incorporates innovative University of Canterbury (UC) engineering solutions that are designed to help it endure a large earthquake with minimal damage.

Wellington’s Aorangi House honoured at international Green Building Awards

Aorangi House, one of New Zealand’s most energy-smart buildings, has co-won the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award in the commercial category, alongside Barangaroo South in Sydney, Australia, as part of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.